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Hebburn Minewater Project


  1. Overview
  2. Work schedule
  3. Disruptions
  4. Restrictions to roads and car parks
  5. Site location and access
  6. Information for business owners
  7. Sessions to find out more
  8. Comments and complaints


The Hebburn mine water project will provide renewable heat to public sector buildings in Hebburn by collecting mine water from Hebburn Colliery.

Two boreholes will be drilled into the ground and pumps will be used to get water from disused flooded mines. The water will go into an energy centre to provide buildings with heat.

The project is one of the first of its kind in the UK.

Benefits of the project

The project will provide renewable heat for:

More buildings may be added at a later date.

The project is expected to reduce 319 tonnes of CO2 each year, and help towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The project will not necessarily impact on the cost of your energy bills. However, it means that their energy is being provided through sustainable and innovative means.


The overall cost of the project is £7.7m, with the European Regional Development Fund contributing 50% (£3.85m) . The Council are funding the remaining 50%.

Work schedule

Work is due to start later in November 2020, starting with site surveys.

Drilling of the boreholes will start in January 2021, with works expected to be complete by June 2021.

The project is due to be completed in June 2023

Work start and finish times:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 8am till 1pm
  • No work will take place on Sundays or public holidays

If works take longer than expected, nearby residents will be told as soon as possible.


There will be some noise, but no more than a normal construction site.

There may be:

  • some dust coming from the works - this will be controlled in line with health and safety guidelines and suppressed where possible
  • some mud within the site - if the mud gets onto the road or footpath, it will be swept away to remove any hazard
  • No interference will be experienced until there is a switch to the new heating system, which is not anticipated until June 2023.

Two drilling rigs will be on site to drill the boreholes, and cranes will be needed temporarily.

There will deliveries while the site is being set up and throughout the drillings.

The works will not:

  • cause any vibration, ground sinking or ground collapsing
  • interfere with your gas, electric or water supply

Restrictions to roads and car parks

Access to houses, apartments and shops will be available at all times.

Some roads will be closed but there will be alternative routes available.

The car park near the BT telephone box, to the south of St John's Precinct will have restricted access. Other car parks next to Hebburn Central are available.

Site location and access

The drilling site will be set up near the TSB Bank and old Roadhouse Pub site, off Victoria Road West (A185). The compound will be set up opposite the drilling site, on grassland which used to be the Mountbatten Medical Centre.

Please see below for site map.

The map shows two areas which have been outlined. The area outlined in red is the drill site. Opposite the drill site is the where the compound will be set up, which is outlined in purple.

Hebburn Mine Water drill site and compound map522.16KB

Workers will get access from Victoria Road West (behind Mountbatten Shopping Centre).

The site will be secured at all times.

Information for business owners

Parking at the shopping centre, which is south of St John's precinct, will be restricted.  

Other car parks are available next to Hebburn Central.

There may be:

  • some local road closures or diversions (there will always be access to the shopping centre)
  • large deliveries and vehicle movements which may temporarily restrict access - this will be kept to an absolute minimum, and business owners will be told in advance

The works will not:

  • restrict access to your shop or premises for long periods of time
  • cause you to close your shop
  • affect your business hours and operations

Sessions to find out more

The exhibition is to be held week commencing 21 September 2020 at St John's Church Hall, Canning Street, NE31 2UP, on the following dates:

  • Monday 21 September - 9am to 12noon
  • Thursday 24 September - 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 26 September - 11am to 2pm

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions and to make sure social distancing guidelines are followed, advance bookings must be made to gain access to the exhibition. The ticket will allow you and one other person from the same household to attend.

To book a ticket for the exhibition see, Hebburn Mine Water exhibition tickets.

In accordance with current government guidelines, when attending the exhibition you must wear a mask or suitable face covering (unless exempt). Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available.

On arrival, please wait at the door to be invited in. You will then be asked to sign a register in order to comply with the Government's Test and Trace protocols. Whilst the appointment allocation slots are 30 minutes, you may have to wait outside until others have vacated.

Comments and complaints

If you have any questions about the works:

Making a complaint for immediate issues

If you have any immediate issues and would like to make an informal complaint, please email or contact the Customer Contact Centre on
 0191 427 7000.

The South Tyneside Council project team will respond to your email and check to see if your issue can be resolved immediately.

Making a formal complaint

To make a formal complaint, either:

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