Funding in place for managed pit closures
UK Coal has secured funding, including £4m from the government, for the managed closure of its deep mining business.
The deal includes a commercial loan from government as well as support from other partners which will allow the company to safely close Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire and Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire.
UK Coal communications director Andrew Mackintosh said: "This is a day of very mixed emotions, but it was critical that we managed to avoid insolvency and the immediate collapse of the business.
"We are very grateful for the support we have been given and this deal does not prevent fresh investment in the company, even at this late stage.
"We would like to thank the government, our people, our customers, suppliers and other interested parties for all of their support and will work with them to ensure a smooth transition in the coming months."