Kellingley Colliery

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The Kellingley Colliery was an underground coal mine in Yorkshire, England, which was owned and operated by UK Coal.

The mine, which was the last operating deep coal mine in the UK, closed in December 2015.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the now-closed mine in Yorkshire England.

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Britain's last deep coal mine has closed

Kellingley produced its first coal in 1965, when it was owned by the nationalised National Coal Board (NCB). UK Coal acquired the mine following the privatization of the UK mining industry in 1994.[2]

By the 2010s, underground coal mining had become unprofitable in Britain for a number of reasons, including fierce competition from cheaper markets such as Colombia and Russia; falling domestic demand; and a government drive away from carbon-intensive coal power generation.[3]

According to the UK Coal company website, in October 2012, the company stated that the mining of the 'Beeston' coal seam "will last until at least 2015 after which further reserves will be accessible in the 'Silkstone' coal seam".[4] However, in December 2015, UK Coal (which went into administration in 2013 due to strong competition from cheaper coal imports) closed the Kellingley mine.[3]

Mine Details

  • Operator: UK Coal
  • Owner: UK Coal
  • Location: Kellingley, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 53.70504, -1.20507 (exact)
  • Status: Closed (2015)[1]
  • Production: 2.14 million tonnes per annum (2013)[2]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 60 million tonnes[2]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal & Metallurgical)[2]
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year: 1965[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Britain's last deep coal mine has closed", BBC News, 18 December 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Kellingley deep mine", UK Coal website, Archived from the original on 18 July 2013, Accessed April 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Britain's last deep coal mine Kellingley Colliery closes", Reuters, 18 December 2015.
  4. UK Coal, "Our deep mines", UK Coal website, Archived from the original, on 15 July 2013, Accessed April 2023.

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