Businesses benefit from mining move

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Almost half-a-million pounds in contracts have been awarded to North East businesses for work at a Northumberland surface mine.

Banks Mining awarded £470,000-worth of work to 26 contractors to help move its compound at the Shotton mine near Blagdon. The seven-month exercise included the relocation of offices, processing facilities and plant workshops to enable coal to be taken out of the area where the compound previously stood. It also involved moving communications, utilities and 20 buildings.

Banks Director Mark Dowdall said: “Our aim is to bring tangible economic, employment, environmental, supply-chain and social benefits to all the communities in which we operate, and choosing to work with local companies has long been a central plank to this strategy.”