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Glencoal, a subsidiary of New Zealand’s biggest dairy company, Fonterra, is the owner and operator of the Kopako mine, an open-cut coal mine located near Kopuku, approximately 70 kilometres south of Auckland. The mine produces sub-bituminous coal. [1]

In September 2012 Fonterra announced that Glencoal would be applying for resource consents to develop an open- coal mine on 30 ha of farmland that it owns near Maramarua in north Waikato. The proposed mine would replace the 18 year-old Kopako 3 mine, which is nearing the end of its working life. Glencoal has Government permits to mine the new property, which is expected to yield about 120,000 tonnes of coal a year. Fonterra uses coal to power its Hautapu, Te Awamutu and Waitoa plants in Waikato. The company’s national consents manager, David Wright, said he understood that the decision to open a new mine, rather than to obtain supplies from other companies such as Solid Energy, was because of the cost and security of supply.[2]


In its 2011 annual report, Fonterra lists the directors of Glencoal Energy as being:[3][4]

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Glencoal Energy Ltd
Waikokowai Road
Waikato, New Zealand
Phone: (07) 8398398

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  1. Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.
  2. [], "Coal costs force Fonterra's hand", accessed October 2012
  3. Fonterra, "Fonterra annual report 2011", page 103. (Pdf)
  4. New Zealand Companies Register, "Glencoal Energy", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.

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