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Pits in the East Midlands (Thanks to Ian Morrison)
Report on Hucknall Colliery 1982 - Page 1
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HUCKNALL COLLIERY
SOUTH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AREA

LOCATION AND HISTORY:

Hucknall colliery is situated approximately 7 miles north west of Nottingham in the small town of Hucknall.

Two 3.6 meter dia. Shafts were sunk in 1865/66 to establish the Hucknall No2 colliery in the Top Hard horizon, followed by No.4 shaft deepened to the Top Hard seam in 1889. The Top Hard seam was worked out by 1920 and an area of Deep Soft to the West of the shafts was worked via drifts from the Top Hard pit bottom between 1913 and 1930. Production from the High Main and the Main Bright seams, along with output from limited areas of Low Bright, High Hazles and Waterloo workings, ceased in 1967.

In 1957, major reconstruction at the colliery involved sinking a third shaft (No.5) of 6.09m dia. and 576m deep to work Eastern Deep Soft reserves in conjunction with deepening No.5 and clearing No.4 shaft to establish a new pit bottom at this horizon. Production began in 1964 and ceased in 1971.

Two drifts were driven in 1967/68 to the Blackshale seam and the first face started production in 1970. At the present time the entire output of the colliery is from the Blackshale seam.

Electrification of the steam winding plant was also completed as part of the re-organisation.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Capital investment in the 5 years to March 1982 was €13.094m.

Current estimated expenditure in 1982/83 is:-

  • Equipment £930,000
  • Drivage £979,000
  • Mechanisation £ -

A major project providing new coal preparation facilities at the mine to safeguard future market disposals is currently nearing completion at an estimated expenditure of £3,533,000 during 1982/83. (total cost £12.2m.)


N.U.M COMMENTS:

This pit must be looked at alongside Babbington Mine.

Work is going on to drive a drift from Hucknall Pit Bottom down to the Tupton seam area at Babbington Mine, When completed, all coal from Babbington will be routed via this new drift to be surfaced via Hucknall shaft into the new Coal Preparation Plant at Hucknall.

This is a long life pit with Hucknall and Babbington workforces linked.


RESERVES - (m. tonnes at March 1981)

SEAM

 

CLASSIFIED RESERVES

CLASS 1 CLASS 11 CLASS 111
SEAM CLASS
TOTAL
BLACKSHALE
1.8
6.6
7.2
15.6
TOTAL CLASS
1.8
6.6
7.2
15.6


PRODUCTION PRODUCTIVITY AND COSTS - year 1981/82

Saleable Output

760,400 tonnes

Overall O.M.S.

3.08 tonnes

Face O.M.S.

10.51 tonnes

Manpower (average)

11.94 men

Vend %

70.8

Net Proceeds Sterling

£22,609,000

Wages and Wages Costs

£10,905,000

Materials Costs

£ 3,316,000

Profit/Loss

£ 3,048,000 (L)

 


MARKETS

Domestic

C.E.G.B, - Ratcliffe & Castle Donnington

 

10%

90%

Popular domestic qualities

New Plant operation will

improve quality standard for C.E.G.B blend.



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