UK’s Materials Processing Institute CEO Mr Chris McDonald has said that coal extracted from the planned Whitehaven coal mine will not be in-demand. Mr McDonald said “There are only two potential customers for this steel in the UK, one of them British Steel couldn’t use the coal from Cumbria because it’s not of the right quality. That leaves Tata Steel and they said they can use a small amount of the coal.”He added “The other argument that’s come to the fore is reducing our reliance on Russian coal. The one company that could use this coal, Tata Steel have said they don’t buy Russian coal anyway.”Mr McDonald also said “All of the major steel companies in Europe are developing new technology. There’s a decarbonisation target by 2050 but most companies in Europe are looking to do it much sooner.”The Woodhouse Colliery proposed by West Cumbria Mining would supply metallurgical coal for the production of steel.