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The Strongman mine was an underground and, in its last stages an open cast, bituminous coal mine located inland from Rapahoe on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.
The underground mine operated from 1938 to 2003. In 1994 the original mine was replaced by the Strongman 2 mine further up the Nine Mile valley. The Strongman 2 mine closed in 2003. Solid Energy stated that the underground mines -- the Strongman and the Strongman 2 -- produced "around 8 million tonnes of coal". The company states that "the company opened Strongman Opencast Mine in May 2002 to secure continuity of supply for customers during the transition between Strongman 2 and Spring Creek Underground Mines". The Spring Creek mine was scheduled to begin production in February 2004. In April 2004 Solid Energy stated that the opencast mine was scheduled to close "near the end of 2004".
Owner: Solid Energy
Location: near Rapahoe on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island
Type of coal: bituminous coal
Main markets: not applicable
Articles and Resources
- Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.
- Solid Energy, "Strongman 2 Underground Mine closes - Replaced by mine at Spring Creek", Media Release, August 11, 2003.
- Solid Energy, "Environmental projects unveiled", Update, April 2004, page 2.