Story: Coal and coal mining

Ōhai opencast mine

Ōhai opencast mine

Southland contains huge lignite coalfields, one of which is mined near Mataura. The area also has a coalfield at Ōhai, where the thick seams of sub-bituminous coal are extracted using opencast methods.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Coal resources', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7421/ohai-opencast-mine (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021, updated 1 Sep 2016