Coal is an important natural resource and it can be found throughout New Zealand. Coal is used world-wide to generate heat and electricity. Coal is a key ingredient in the production of steel. Coal is also used to make products such as adhesives, antiseptic, soap and many other household items.
New Zealand coal is valued for its special qualities, particularly its low ash and phosphorus content, its suitability for steel making, and its high heating value.
The major coal producing areas in New Zealand are Waikato, the West Coast, and Southland. On this field trip you will see two different mining operations at Rotowaro Opencast Mine and Huntly East Underground Mine. You will follow the mining and processing of coal in Huntly, through to the production of steel at New Zealand Steel Ltd in Glenbrook.
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