Technology

The mine will be a drift mine (as opposed to a deep or open cast mine) and will utilise a mining technique known as room and pillar.

We may also explore using some short wall mining techniques to increase yields later in the mine’s life.

We will be using state of the art technologies and techniques which will make the mine very safe and efficient.

A drift mine differs from a deep mine in that access to the underground workings is via a pair of tunnels (drifts) which slope down on a relatively gentle incline, rather than a vertical shaft.  This means that the mine will not have any large winding gear or other major infrastructure on the surface.