Local businesses have benefited from contracts worth a total of nearly £500,000 thanks to work at a surface mine.
As part of work at its Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, Banks Mining conducted a planned seven-month exercise which saw its site offices, processing facilities and plant workshops moved to a new location 900 metres away.
More than two dozen north east companies were involved in the move of 20 buildings.
Northumberland-based suppliers who won project contracts included plant and tool hire firm Hubbway, fastenings and fixings stockists Thomas Potter Ltd, Cortech Fire And Security Systems Limited, Fergusons Removals and plant & machinery hire business J O Straughan & Co.
Durham-headquartered Banks Mining has worked in south east Northumberland for more than three decades, and currently employs over 200 people across its Shotton and nearby Brenkley Lane mining sites.
The Shotton site is scheduled to remain in production until 2018, with full restoration set to be completed during the following year, and the compound move was programmed and undertaken in such a way as to avoid any disruption to either the operation of the site or the dispatch of coal to Banks’ customers.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, 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.
“We’re lucky to have a wide range of high quality suppliers based within our region from which we’ve been able to source the support required for this complex project.
“The coal we produce at Shotton provides substantial numbers of jobs for local people, supports British industry and electricity generation, creates considerable capital for investment in community improvement projects, and heat homes across our region.”
For more information about operations at the Shotton surface mine, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/shotton