Launch of open cast mine restoration in Dumfriesshire

A major restoration project has been launched at one of the biggest open cast coal mines in the south of Scotland.

Full report: Milestone for mining in south of Scotland

A major restoration project has been launched at one of the biggest open cast coal mines in the south of Scotland.

Sixty jobs will be created as part of a project to landscape the mine near Kirkconnel and turn it into a renewable energy park.

The fate of the site was uncertain after the mining firm who used to operate it collapsed last year.

Kathryn Samson reports:

Glenmucklock open cast mine restoration begins

The Duke of Buccleuch with the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing Credit: ITV News Border

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is joining the Duke of Buccleuch to officially open a restoration project at the Glenmuckloch open cast mine in Dumfriesshire.

Work at the open cast mine in Kirkconnel was halted last year but has now resumed, and it is hopeful that the new project will help develop further energy provision schemes for Scotland.

A group of workers at the Glenmuckloch launch Credit: ITV News Border

The project will create 60 jobs during the restoration phase, which will include the creation of a lake and extensive forestation to enable carbon capture.

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