Ohai Mine Closing

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

End of an era for Ohai Coal mine.

Business at the Ohai based coal mine is coming to an end after the decision was made to cease mining operations. The decision comes after months of deliberation by the board, assessing the long-term financial viability of the business. The viability of mines is often complex. Among the decision to close was:

· the loss of a major consumer

· the escalating environment compliance costs and future rehabilitation

· the overhead costs of an aging infrastructure

Final decommissioning and mine rehabilitation will begin in October, which is the process where the post-mined landscape is restored to the requirements of the Coal Mining License and those of the Regional and District Council requirements. It is predicted this process will take approximately 2-3 years.

The company has consulted with all staff, and unfortunately two positions were made redundant as a result of the decision to close. The appropriate support has been provided to those staff. We understand it has an impact on the people, many opencast and underground mines have been operating on this site for many years and is a big part of the communities’ history. All other staff will continue working at the mine assisting with the rehabilitation and supporting the company’s lignite mine at Newvale.

Thursday 30th September 2021 will be the last trading day for the public to purchase coal direct from the Ohai Mine. Despite the closure of the Ohai Mine, members of the public can still access coal from the merchants listed.

New Vale Coal Waimumu

DT King Otautau

Waikiwi Coal Waikiwi

The Woodshed Dunedin

Parklands Kennington

Ayto's Dairy Riverton

Allied(Gibbs) Invercargill

Riverton Hammer Hardware Riverton

Fulton Hogan Gore

Winton Motor Centre Winton

Northern Southland Transport

Mossburn/Te Anau

Alistair McCann Dunedin


Otautau Supervalue Otautau

Cromwell Mitre 10Cromwell

Te Anau Placemakers Te Anau

Upper Clutha Transport Luggate

Hanks Place Lumsden

Winton Night n Day Winton

Robb's Garage Roxburgh

Winton Mitre 10 Winton

Invercargill Mitre 10 Invercargill

JD Souness

Dave McKitterick Wool Ohai


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Ohai Mine is officially closed now! Please ring the New Vale Mine if you have any queries or need help finding a coal merchant.

New Vale and Ohai Mines will be opening for public sales as of Wednesday 1 September 2021. We are only able to do so under strict guidelines: • Hours 8:00am – 12:00pm, Monday to Friday • No CASH will