Following an article – found here – we can confirm that the announcement made by Hargreaves Services Plc was a statutory requirement related to its year end trading report and thus lacked clarity, causing many wrong interpretations to be circulated, particularly in the heritage sector… Consequentially, we have spoken to a Hargreaves representative who told us the following:
Hargreaves are not pulling out of distributing coal. It is the licence holder for grading and distribution for Shotton in Scotland and Ffoss-Y-Fran in Wales, and it has a major interest in Garlaffen in Scotland.
As we knew from announcements made in 2018, Shotton will cease coal production in July 2020 but there is sufficient sized, stock coal to supply the heritage user until mid-2021.
Similarly Garlaffen will close, as planned, in late Summer 2020 and it has sufficient sized coal in stock to last until mid 2021. In the intervening period Hargreaves will be looking to start importing bituminous coal for heritage burning.
Ffoss-Y-Fran has reserves that are expected to be exploited until 2023, and again Hargreaves are looking to source similar graded coal for heritage burning.