Strongman mine

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The Strongman mine was an underground and, in its last stages an open cast, bituminous coal mine located inland from Rapahoe on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.

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The underground mine[1] operated from 1938 to 2003. In 1994 the original mine was replaced by the Strongman 2 mine further up the Nine Mile valley. The Strongman 2 mine closed in 2003. Solid Energy stated that the underground mines -- the Strongman and the Strongman 2 -- produced "around 8 million tonnes of coal". The company states that "the company opened Strongman Opencast Mine in May 2002 to secure continuity of supply for customers during the transition between Strongman 2 and Spring Creek Underground Mines". The Spring Creek mine was scheduled to begin production in February 2004.[2] In April 2004 Solid Energy stated that the opencast mine was scheduled to close "near the end of 2004".[3]

Project Details

Owner: Solid Energy
Location: near Rapahoe on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island
Coordinates: -42.342305,171.303234
Status: Closed
Production capacity:
Type of coal: bituminous coal
Main markets: not applicable

Articles and Resources


  1. Ministry of Economic Development, "Operating coal mines", Ministry of Economic Development website, accessed March 2012.
  2. Solid Energy, "Strongman 2 Underground Mine closes - Replaced by mine at Spring Creek", Media Release, August 11, 2003.
  3. Solid Energy, "Environmental projects unveiled", Update, April 2004, page 2.

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