Coal mines that have lain dormant for more than 80 years in North East England are set to be given a new lease of life thanks to an ambitious renewable energy scheme expected to cut hundreds of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Plans for a £7m district heating scheme scheme, unveiled last month, are set to tap geothermal energy from the flooded underground pits and passages of the former Hebburn Colliery east of Newcastle to heat buildings owned by South Tyneside Council. South Tyneside Council confirmed yesterday that the scheme’s designer was appointed last week, with further details set to be revealed in mid-May, following a 10-day post-tender standstill period. Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside councillor and lead member for area management and consumer safety, said the project – one of the first mine water district heating projects in the UK – would slash the Council’s carbon emissions while boosting the energy performance of council-owned buildings.
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