Press release

Coal Authority makes multi-million pound awards to protect nation’s environment

The Coal Authority has made two new awards to operate and maintain its treatment schemes and to design and construct new schemes.

Contract signing
Pictured (from left to right): Nick Grant, Chief Executive, Severn Trent Services, Philip Lawrence, Chief Executive, Coal Authority and Angus Ridge, Operations Director, JN Bentley.

The Coal Authority has made two new multi-million pound awards to protect the nation’s environment from polluted water from disused coal and metal mines.

Severn Trent Services has been awarded a 10-year contract worth a minimum of £25 million with a likely overall contract spend in excess of £50 million. They will operate and maintain the Authority’s 82 mine water treatment schemes, pumping stations and mine gas facilities in Britain, plus new schemes to be built in the future. Civil engineering firm JN Bentley has been awarded a 4-year framework agreement with an expected value of between £2.5 million to around £4 million a year, to design and construct new mine water treatment schemes.

The three organisations will be working together using a new partnership approach, which will focus on continuous improvement through the design of innovative and sustainable solutions. Partnership working will take place from concept through to the construction and operation of each mine water treatment scheme.

Hockery Brook mine water treatment scheme
Hockery Brook mine water treatment scheme, Lancashire, England

The Authority’s existing schemes prevent over 4,000 tonnes of iron solids from entering Britain’s watercourses every year. They also protect a number of the nation’s drinking water aquifers from pollution from rising mine waters. The Authority recently built its first mine water treatment schemes to address pollution from metal mines, at Force Crag in the Lake District and at Saltburn Gill in North Yorkshire.

Speaking at the official contract signing, Simon Reed, Chief Operating Officer, Coal Authority said: “The procurement process has been extremely competitive and we received many high quality proposals. We are delighted to announce that we will be combining our expertise with that of Severn Trent Services and JN Bentley to continue to resolve the impacts of mining on the environment. Our programmes for addressing water pollution from both coal and metal mines will be enhanced as we work together to deliver innovation and schemes with strong economic and environmental benefits.”

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: John Delaney, Corporate Manager, Coal Authority, by telephone 01623 637250 or email

Published 16 February 2015