Operations – East Pit East

East Pit East Opencast Coal Site is situated on the northern outcrop of the South Wales coalfield in the upper Amman Valley near the villages of Tairgwaith, Brynamman and Cwmllynfell where the mine produces high quality anthracite coal from the twelve individual coal seams that are lying up to one hundred and fifty metres below the surface.

Geographically the site is an extension to the previous East Pit Extension site which produced essential supplies of anthracite for domestic, industrial and power generation markets, it was named after the East Pit Colliery complex that once dominated the area in the early 1900's.

The site that lies totally within the administrative area of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has been in operation since 2005 and covers an area of approximately 400 hectares, although the operational area is just 80 hectares, the remainder of the site comprising of soil and overburden storage areas, coal stocking, water treatment areas and an office and workshop complex.

Production at the site is to be increased during 2008 with the introduction of new machinery that will work along side the current plant complement to improve production and reduce costs.

The movement of 47 Million m3 of overburden, which will be carried out by shovel and truck methods utilising one hundred tonne capacity dump trucks and hydraulic excavators of up to fifteen cubic metre bucket capacity, will be necessary for the recovery of the 2,100,000 tonnes of high quality anthracite coal that lies within the working area. The excavators and trucks are to be supplemented by various ancillary plant such as bulldozers, graders, drilling rigs and other support equipment. This equipment will provide a digging capacity in the order of 7.5 million cubic metres of overburden per year.

Once the coal has been won it is to be transferred by road and rail to the designated disposal point, Celtic Energy’s own processing and distribution centre at Onllwyn. It is anticipated that the coal extraction rate will be in the order of 5-7000 tonnes per week.

Strict Planning and Environmental controls have been put in place by the planning and environmental health departments of the local authorities surrounding the site, these controls are regularly monitored with any issues or concerns being discussed and resolved during the quarterly Technical Working Party meetings.
A successful Site Liaison Committee is also in operation, meetings are arranged on a quarterly basis to discuss a range of topics such as site progress and environmental reports where councillors and the selected members of public have the opportunity to present questions, comments and concerns from their communities to the Site and Local Authority representatives at the meeting.

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