United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; South Yorkshire;
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Of Coal And Lignite
05.10 - Mining of hard coal

428 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
3 July 2015
Foreseen end date
31 July 2015


Closure of a coal mine near Doncaster in South Yorkshire will result in the loss of 428 jobs.

Hatfield Colliery was one of the three last deep coal mines in the UK. The mine was due to shut in August 2016 but low coal prices, large coal stocks and a switch to renewable energy have been cited in media reports as contributing factors that led to the bringing forward of the plant’s closure.

Coal was first mined at the site in 1916. The colliery has been run by an employee-owned trust since 2013. In May 2015, after a large slump in world coal prices, the UK government agreed to provide a £20 million grant of aid approved by the European Union to the colliery. The grant was intended to provide assistance until its planned closure in August 2016. Around the same time, the UK government almost doubled its levy on carbon per tonne of CO2. This saw many energy companies stockpiling coal in advance of the increase. The colliery also received a £4 million loan from the National Union of Mineworkers.



Eurofound (2015), Hatfield Colliery Partnership, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 83887, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83887.