Giles Creek mine

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The Giles Creek mine is an opencast sub-bituminous coal mine in the Giles Creek Valley near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island. The mine is owned by Birchfield Coal.

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Background

Location: Giles Creek Valley near Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island. Some or all of the 235 ha mine is on Department of Conservation land.[1]
Coordinates: -42.036799,171.799021
Coal field: Inangahua
Background: Started production in 1984
Current owner: Birchfield Coal[2]
Status: Operating
Production capacity: 500,000 tonnes/year[3]
Estimated recoverable reserves: 16 million tonnes[4]
Mining technique: Opencast. Shallow deposit exposed by removal of top soil. Coal removed by hydraulic diggers, screened and washed.
Type of coal: Sub-bituminous, clean burning, low in sulfur[5]
Solid fuel calorific value (gross) 19.04 MJ/kg (Range for NZ coal 15.25–31.95 MJ/kg)[6]
Market information: Supplies the industrial, service and primary production sectors in Canterbury, Nelson and the West Coast. [7] May be used as a blend with faster burning, higher heat value coals.[8]
Environmental and/or health & safety issues: The company states that, “After the coal has been extracted the area is levelled and planted in native living forest.”[9]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, "Mining operations on Department of Conservation land", accessed December 2012
  2. Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.
  3. Birchfield Coal, "About", Birchfield Coal website, accessed April 2012.
  4. Birchfield Coal, "About our coal", Birchfield Coal website, accessed April 2012.
  5. Birchfield Coal, "About our coal", Birchfield Coal website, accessed April 2012.
  6. Ministry of Economic Development, "Data Energy File", accessed December 2012
  7. Birchfield Coal, "About our coal", Birchfield Coal website, accessed April 2012.
  8. Birchfield Coal, "About our coal", Birchfield Coal website, accessed April 2012.
  9. Birchfield Coal Mines Ltd,"Birchfield Coal Facts", accessed December 2012

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