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Thursday 20th January 2011

The Prince of Wales colliery at Pontefract, West Yorkshire was a drift mine producing 1.5 million tonnes of coal per annum up to closure in 2002 on economic grounds. The original colliery was founded in 1880 but new drifts were sunk in 1975 to form the latter day modern colliery.

In the mid 1980's the business tendered and won a contract with the then British Coal to wash and recover coal from the old colliery spoil heap. Two single modular plants with a capacity of 120 tph were designed and installed.

The operation continued for 3 years as planned until the coal recovery plants were dismantled and moved to other sites.

Following this successful recovery activity, in the early 1990's, RecyCoal tendered and won the contract to run the coal processing plant on the pit head

which included dry screening natural medium and dense medium washing plants.

RecyCoal tendered to replace the out of date equipment on a Build, Own and Operate (BOO) contract basis with a tolling rate per tonne of material processed with performance incentives for throughput and quality.

Following success at the tender stage RecyCoal designed, installed and commissioned the new coal prep system at the pit head including a natural medium and two dense medium plant with capacity totaling 750 tonnes per hour.

The business operated under contract for more than 10 years until the mine closed producing coal for the power generation, industrial and house coal markets. The total feed processed is estimated to be in excess of 18 million tonnes with coal production over 10 million tonnes of coal.