Malvern Hills mine

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The Malvern Hills mine is an open cast sub-bituminous coal mine located near Coalgate in the Canterbury province of the South Island. The mine is owned by Canterbury Coal.

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Project Details

Location: Near Coalgate, west of Christchurch in Canterbury (South Island)
Coordinates: -43.4551,171.931565
Coal field: Malvern Hills, one of the small to very small coal deposits scattered along the eastern foothills of the Southern Alps
Historical background: Over 120 mines have operated in the region since 1866, producing a total of about 2 Mt, with most coming from underground mines in the Malvern Hills and Mount Somers coalfields.[1]
Current owner: Canterbury Coal[2]
Status: Operating
Production capacity: 25–30,000 tonnes[3]
Estimated recoverable reserves: 2–25 million tones (estimates vary)
Mining technique: Opencast
Type of coal: Sub-bituminous
Solid fuel calorific value (gross) 19.50 MJ/kg (Range for NZ coal 15.25–31.95 MJ/kg)[4]
Market information: Used in boilers and similar plants
Environmental and/or health & safety issues: Canterbury Coal opposed the Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme (2008), stating that it would inundate some facilities as well as preventing mining and access in some areas.[5]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. NZMIA, "Canterbury coal region", accessed December 2012
  2. Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", accessed March 2012
  3. Canterbury Coal Limited,"Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme: Submission on behalf of Canterbury Coal Limited August 2008", accessed March 2012
  4. Ministry of Economic Development, "Energy data file 2011", accessed December 2012
  5. Canterbury Coal Limited,"Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme: Submission on behalf of Canterbury Coal Limited August 2008", accessed March 2012

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