United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire;
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Of Coal And Lignite
05 - Mining of coal and lignite

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
12 June 2006
Foreseen end date
18 September 2006


A Nottinghamshire colliery is to be mothballed, with the probable loss of more than 300 jobs. UK Coal, which employs 4000 people nationally, says it will cost £16m to develop additional reserves at Harworth pit, near Worksop, and it has been unable to find a market for that coal. Plans to mothball the site had been suspended earlier in the year when domestic demand for coal grew.

Union leaders say the news is a blow for the mining community where coal has been produced since 1924. A statutory notice advising of redundancies will follow a 90-day consultation period.

UK Coal chief executive Gerry Spindler said: 'Everyone has worked tirelessly to find a solution. The performance and the dedication of the workforce at Harworth has been exemplary. We have all worked extremely hard to save the colliery at a time of increasing demand for coal, and will continue to do so.'

UK Coal announced in July 2005 that it was putting Harworth into mothballs because of geological problems. The mine experienced high methane levels in the first quarter of 2005 which slowed coal extraction. Harworth is one of six collieries operated by UK Coal and one of only seven deep mines remaining in the country.


  • 12 June 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), UK Coal, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63636, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63636.