Expansion bid for mine

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EXPANSION plans that would help to sustain 150 jobs at a Northumberland opencast site have been formally submitted.

Regional company Banks Mining has put forward a bid to mine an additional 290,000 tonnes of coal from an area west of its existing Shotton surface mine, near Blagdon.

The extension, which would be known as the Shotton Triangle, would take two years to mine from start to finish and would run concurrently with operations at the existing site.


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