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Glencoal, a subsidiary of New Zealand’s biggest dairy company, Fonterra, is the owner and operator of the Kopako mine, an open-cut coal mine located near Kopuku, approximately 70 kilometres south of Auckland. The mine produces sub-bituminous coal. 
In September 2012 Fonterra announced that Glencoal would be applying for resource consents to develop an open- coal mine on 30 ha of farmland that it owns near Maramarua in north Waikato. The proposed mine would replace the 18 year-old Kopako 3 mine, which is nearing the end of its working life. Glencoal has Government permits to mine the new property, which is expected to yield about 120,000 tonnes of coal a year. Fonterra uses coal to power its Hautapu, Te Awamutu and Waitoa plants in Waikato. The company’s national consents manager, David Wright, said he understood that the decision to open a new mine, rather than to obtain supplies from other companies such as Solid Energy, was because of the cost and security of supply.
Glencoal Energy Ltd
Waikato, New Zealand
Phone: (07) 8398398
Articles and Resources
- Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.
- [ http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/7759938/Coal-costs-force-Fonterras-hand], "Coal costs force Fonterra's hand", accessed October 2012
- Fonterra, "Fonterra annual report 2011", page 103. (Pdf)
- New Zealand Companies Register, "Glencoal Energy", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.