Cascade mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Cascade mine is an opencast bituminous coal mine near Denniston on the West Coast of the South Island. The mine is owned by Bathurst Resources.


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Cascade has been in production for nearly 100 years.[1] The Cascade opencast mine was acquired from Eastern Resources Group by Bathurst in 2010. Cascade is the only mine in Bathurst’s Buller Project that is currently operational. The company has been granted an “Extension of Land” to include an area of additional resource that had been identified adjacent to the Cascade mine.[2] In 2015 the closure of Holcim's cement plant rendered the remaining accessible coal economically unrecoverable, the mine was been placed in care and maintenance. [3] The 1002 tonnes produced per annum was obtained via stockpiles or former stockpiles at the site as part of rehabilitation.[4]

Environmental Issues

The Cascade mine is situated on the Denniston Plateau, an area with numerous nationally endangered and vulnerable animals and other rare flora and fauna. Mining in the Denniston Plateau has been the subject of court challenges between Bathurst Resources and the New Zealand Forest and Bird Protection Society and the West Coast Environmental Network Inc. [5]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Bathurst Coal [4]
  • Owner: Bathurst Resources[3]
  • Location: Denniston Plateau, West Coast, New Zealand[3]
  • Coordinates: ' -41.769952,171.801689 (Exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 0.001 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)[4]
  • Total Reserves: 0 tonnes[3]
  • Mineable Reserves: 1.4 million tonnes[3]
  • Coal Type: BITUMINOUS (Thermal and Met)
  • Mine Type: SURFACE
  • Workforce:
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing: Bathurst Resources [3]

Articles and Resources


  1. Enzed Transport, "Coal mining past present and future links with rail development & heritage (West Coast / Canterbury, South Island)", accessed December 2012
  2. Bathurst Resources "Financial Statements for year ended 30 June 2012", accessed December 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Bathurst Resources, "Our Operations: Cascade", accessed February 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development, accessed February 2021.
  5. Otago Daily Times, "Coal pitched against environment", Accessed February 2011.

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