Thumbs up for Northumberland opencast coal mine

Northumberland County Council has approved proposals for a surface coal mine at Highthorn. Banks Mining plans to extract coal, sandstone and fireclay from a site near the village of Widdrington. The process is estimated to last more than five years with total operations lasting seven years. The company said the site will be restored once […]

Street lights to be replaced with LEDs in Northumberland

Drivers will benefit from a new LED lighting system on the A69 when work begins this week to replace the current street lights. The work is being carried out during the evening to minimise the impact for drivers and will be completed by 16th October. Twenty six new lighting columns are being installed at Bridge […]

Consent granted for biomass plant in Northumberland

The Government has granted planning approval for the construction of a 100MW wood-based biomass power station in Northumberland. Located at Blyth Harbour, the £250 million North Blyth Biomass project has the capacity to generate 750GWh of renewable energy, enough to meet the annual needs of as many as 170,000 homes a year – the equivalent […]

Mining boss points finger at carbon tax for plant closure

Mining firm Rio Tinto is planning to close its Lynemouth aluminium smelter because of rising energy costs. Announcing the news the Rio Tinto Alcan boss pointed to upcoming carbon legislation as key factor behind the closure of the smelting factory in Northumberland which employs 515 people. The final decision waits on a 90-day consultation period […]

Pig poo power

A £1.2m anaerobic digestion facility that uses heat taken from animal waste has opened in Northumberland. The system currently produces heat from the animal dung produced on Cockle Park Farm. The farm aims to use this heat to keep the pigs warm and to generate electricity to power the milking parlour. The project run by […]

Hendry gives consent to wind farm and CCGT plant

Two energy projects were given the government go-ahead today. Energy Minister Charles Hendry approved a 56MW onshore wind farm on the Ray Estate near Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 25% of homes in the county. Mr Hendry also gave the green light to the construction of a 900 […]