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ATH celebrates mining its 10 millionth tonne of coal (4,248,000 hours after starting…)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

ATH Resources plc, one of the UK’s largest coal producers has recently celebrated the mining of its 10 millionth tonne of coal. The Group started mining in December 1998. It has since taken 354,000 man shifts, of 12 hours each, to mine this astounding quantity of coal. Whilst some of the coal mined by ATH is for industrial and domestic markets, the majority of the coal produced by the Group is for electricity generation, thus reflecting the high demand for coal in meeting the nations electricity requirement.
ATH celebrated this mining feat by inviting children from local schools to draw a charcoal picture depicting the achievement. ATH held a prize giving ceremony at the site and were delighted by the enthusiastic support from Castle Primary School, Ochiltree School and Kelloholm School, not only to enter the competition, but also to join ATH for a photoshoot of the Group’s achievement.
ATH prides itself on its supports for community and environmental initiatives in Scotland through its £400,000 annual contribution to local Mineral Trust Funds in Cumnock and Doon Valley and Dumfries and Galloway. Commitment to the environment is key to both ATH’s ethos and business strategy. ATH is renowned for the restoration and rehabilitation of its opencast coal sites when they reach the end of their life. The Group’s commitment to return the land to uses such as agriculture, forestry and nature conservation was recently recognized by the Coal Authority who presented the Group with an Environmental Award the outstanding restoration proposals at the Group’s Garleffan site near New Cumnock designed to enhance habitat for Peregrin Falcons.
ATH is a key employer to its local populations, directly employing 392 people across its opencast sites in East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, its head office in Doncaster, and its subsidiary organisation, ATH Regeneration Ltd. ATH meets the highest standard of training for its employees, being the only company in its industry that, through a City & Guilds accredited training centre, requires plant operators to qualify at NVQ Level II.
Commenting on the achievement, Tom Allchurch, CEO of ATH Resources said:
“The mining of the 10 millionth tonne of coal is an exciting and significant landmark in ATH’s evolvement. This fantastic achievement marks the hard work and dedication of all of our team of employees and I thank them for it. ATH’s role in the community and contribution to the environment has always been of utmost importance and we are delighted that we were able to celebrate the occasion with the local school children..”
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