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Six-figure investment helps to cut emissions

A member of the Shotton team with one of the new Komatsu loading shovels.
A member of the Shotton team with one of the new Komatsu loading shovels.

A £615,000 plant investment is set to help Banks Mining make further progress in minimising vehicle emissions at its operations in the region.

The family-owned firm has taken delivery of three, 27.5-tonne Komatsu WA470-8 loading shovels at its Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, which are now being used to move materials around the site and which provide fuel efficiency savings of around 40 per cent compared to other similar plant.

The machines, which can carry a load of up to eight tonnes, have been sourced through Marubeni-Komatsu’s Chester-le-Street branch and have been tailored to meet the operating requirements at Shotton, with the Komatsu and Banks Mining teams working together to develop detailed production studies to identify the best machines for the work required.

The loading shovels are equipped with a state-of-the-art telemetry system, providing data that will help Banks to monitor and manage the way the machines are being used to help ensure they’re performing with maximum efficiency.

The investment has enabled Banks to continue to work with local suppliers, wherever possible, and follows on from a £3.5million investment made in new mobile plant last year through the Boldon branch of Finning (UK), Caterpillar’s Peterlee site and the Scot JCB dealership, in Newcastle.

Banks Mining has worked in south-east Northumberland for more than 30 years and employs around 200 people across its Shotton and Brenkley Lane mining sites.

The two sites contribute around £35million to the regional economy each ear, plus more than £700,000 in annual business rates to Northumberland County Council and Newcastle City Council.

They have also enabled Banks Mining to donate around £800,000 to good causes in Northumberland over the last decade alone.