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The Coal Authority

Your feedback matters

Our customers are at the heart of what we do. As a result, your feedback matters to us and we use it to make improvements.

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Confidence in the Coalfields podcast

Podcast series

Learn more about us and our collaborative working that ensures our customers have confidence in the coalfields.

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Current vacancies at the Coal Authority

Current vacancies

To search our current vacancies and apply for a role, visit our recruitment portal.

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Geothermal energy from abandoned coal mines

The Coal Authority has calculated that the constantly replenishing water within these mines could potentially be a large enough resource to provide all of the heating requirements for the coalfield areas.

The proposed Seaham Garden Village development

Seaham Garden Village

This development has the potential to make Seaham Garden Village the first large scale mine energy district heating scheme in the UK.

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Hebburn colliery headstocks

Coal Authority to collaborate on Hebburn project

A new mine energy district heating scheme proposes to use a town’s mining heritage to create a sustainable heat source for the future.

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Jim Gillon – Energy Services Manager, of Gateshead Council, in the energy centre that recovers heat from mine water and distributes to the heat network (copyright Coal Authority 2023)

Mine water energy scheme at Gateshead

Gateshead Council has been awarded a grant of almost £6m, which will target utilisation of warm water from the extensive network of old mine workings 150m below the town.

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Clipstone Headstocks

District heating in Nottingham

The Coal Authority and Nottingham City Council are working in partnership to bring a scheme to life, which could bring heavily discounted heating to parts of Nottingham.

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Our services

We offer a wide range of services to assist with your project in a range of sectors, contact us to find out how you can benefit from our unique expertise.

Geothermal energy from abandoned coal mines

Geothermal energy from abandoned coal mines is a zero carbon, sustainable heat source, which under the right conditions can compete with public supply gas prices.

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Shaft treatment and capping works being undertaken

Coal mining risk assessments

When submitting a planning application within a high risk area you are likely to need to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment as part of your planning application.

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Ground engineering at a shaft collapse site

Ground engineering

The ability to remediate ground affected by the impacts of mining requires a specialist understanding of ground conditions and the application of engineering principles in order to provide ground suitable for development.

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A Winning Mine water treatment scheme

Risk management for developers

We provide expert advice and assistance to help developers understand and investigate the risks of past mining.

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Coal Authority Project Manager

Project management

We are the experts at delivering projects where mining activities have taken place or are currently ongoing.

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Environmental improvements to a tip site in South Wales

Tip inspection and management

We have expertise in the long term management of the risks associated with tips and delivering inspection programmes to mitigate these risks.

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Titration testing

Water chemistry monitoring

Through the experience gained in monitoring our extensive mine water treatment scheme portfolio we are expertly placed to meet your water monitoring needs.

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How Ochre can be used

Ochre and how it can be used

Our ochre is ideal for use in ground remediation projects to immobilise contaminants – such as phosphate, arsenic, lead and manganese.

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Water Monitoring Weir At Force Crag

Mine water level management

We have successfully been managing water levels across Britain for over 20 years and we can deliver the most cost-effective methods for managing water.

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Flowing Water at Gunnerside Gill

Mine water chemistry characterisation

Using our unrivalled and unique database of coal mine water geochemistry we can help you to achieve the characterisation of any mine water across Britain.

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Borehole drilling rig

Borehole drilling advice

The complex nature of mine workings can cause operational issues when drilling boreholes, which requires specialist knowledge to be carried out accurately.

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Sheephouse Wood mine water treatment scheme

Treating mine water

We have over 20 years of experience in designing, building and operating mine water treatment schemes.

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AWinning mine water treatment scheme cascade

Mining hydrogeology

Our team of hydrogeologists have a wide range of experience in all types of hydrogeology and they specialise in complex mining hydrogeology.

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Mine water and flow at Old Gang

Mine water modelling

The complex nature of mining systems makes mine water modelling complicated and not easily achieved using standard modelling methods.

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Making a better future for people and the environment in mining areas

Our aim is to provide expert advice and creative solutions to governments, public bodies, private organisations and landowners to manage the public safety and environmental issues arising from coal and metal mining.

We’re committed to delivering the best value solutions and peace of mind for all our customers.

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We manage

£2.8 Billion

mining legacy liabilities

122 Billion

litres of treated water p.a.

over 172,000

mine entries