Tower Regeneration
Land Reclamation, Surface Coal Mining and
Restoration at the Former Tower Colliery Site

Project Overview

The Tower Site comprises 3 distinct areas split by the A 4059 Rhigos Road and the A470 Glynneath By-pass.

  • To the north of the A470 lies the rail loading pad and restored Tip No. 107a
  • Between the A470 and the A 4059 Rhigos Road lies Tip No. 107b and fish ponds area Tip No. 107c
  • To the south of Rhigos Road lies the operational surface mine.

Tower Regeneration has a three phase development of the site.

  • To bring into early use Tip Nos. 107b & 107c (fish ponds area).
  • To remediate the site by removing the remaining viable coal reserves and dealing with any residual contaminants within the site. Phase 1 commenced in 2011 and is planned for completion in 2020.
  • Following the completion of the mining phase to redevelop the site for the benefit of the local community.

Project Overview Plan

Tip enhancement

It is envisaged that the ecological conservation opportunities of Tip Nos.107a, b & c, will be enhanced through suitable landscape improvements and the opening of the land for safe public access and use.

Coal recovery operation

The main coal recovery operation will include excavation to remove shallow mining voids, extraction of coal and compaction of backfilled materials.
Works commenced at the east of the site moving progressively westwards. The majority of extracted coal will then be transported from the main site to the existing rail head (for transportation by train) utilising the existing enclosed conveyor. Some coal is expected to be transported by road.
The Project directly employs in excess of 120 people with many more providing goods and services.

Mining operations

Mining operations

Prior to the commencement and systematically in advance of the mining operations all topsoil and subsoil will removed, but will remain on site. No spoil material is proposed to be removed off site. The removal and storage of these materials will be used to establish soil storage and screening bunds which are designed to reduce visual, noise and air quality impacts.

The mining operations will commence in the east of the site, moving sequentially westwards with systematic backfilling of the mined void. It should be noted that, at any one time, only a small proportion of proposed excavation area will be an operational void.

The mining phase of the Project will last for a period of seven years, involving excavation to a maximum depth in the east of 90m and 165m in the west of the site.

Excavation will be undertaken as a continuous operation. Coal will be produced at a rate of up to one million tonnes per annum.

Hours of working

Normal Operations Restricted Operations Blasting Emergency
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 22:00 06:00 - 07:00

19:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 16:00 Our out hours line, for any urgent enquiries, complaint of regarding the site operation
Saturday 08:00 - 12:00 - - 01685 813733

Reduced Operations between 06:00 - 07:00 and 19:00-22:00

No works on Sundays or Bank Holidays, no operations would be anticipated to take place outside these periods except for maintenance.



Tower Fund

Tower Fund

Contact Us

Tower Surface Mine, Rhigos Road, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9UD

01685 810048