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Richard Budge

Richard John Budge (born 19 April 1947, Boston, Lincolnshire) is the Chairman of The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisations.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • RJB Mining 2.1
    • Coalpower 2.2
    • Powerfuel 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

He went to Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire. He entered the coal mining industry when he joined the company of Retford-based (on West Carr Road) AF Budge, owned by his brother Tony, which ran opencast mines. It was also involved in civil engineering schemes such as building the new £3.2m A638 Redhouse interchange on the A1(M) north of Doncaster in 1979; junctions 4-6 of the A1(M) in 1973; and junctions 1-3 of the M621 in 1975; the M181 and a section of the M180 near Scunthorpe in 1978. The company also sponsored the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1988. In February 1992, Richard Budge bought the opencast coal and Plant division from the family business with venture capital backing from Schroder Ventures for circa £103m, a transaction approved by Charterhouse Ventures and Prudential Ventures which were preference shareholders of AF Budge. AF Budge, was majority owned by his elder brother Tony Budge.


RJB Mining

When the UK coal industry was privatised in 1994, Budge[1] bought most of the pits for £815m, forming RJB Mining, which he had started in 1992 after buying his brother's opencast business division for £102.5m. This led to Budge being christened King Coal. When the Labour government came to power, Budge informed the government that ten pits would have to close unless he secured long-term contracts from the electricity generators National Power and Powergen (now called E.ON UK). In 2000, he[2] attempted to sell off its pits to the American Renco Group.

On 14 July 2001 he[3] quit as CEO of RJB Mining. It became known as UK Coal.


Hatfield Colliery in 2009, site of the 1996 film Brassed Off

He formed the company, Coalpower, in 2001. It bought the Hatfield Colliery, at Stainforth, in April 2004 from Hatfield Coal Company, helped by £7m of state aid. In late 2003, Coalpower went into administration.


His company, Powerfuel, is 48% owned by Budge and 52% owned by KRU, Russia's second biggest coal company. In April 2007, he[4] re-opened the pit at Stainforth, at a cost of £100m,[5] financed by £50m from VTB Bank. It is part of the Barnsley Seam with around 27m tonnes of coal reserves. A £1.2bn 900MW clean-coal IGCC[6] power station, known as the Hatfield IGCC Project, is to be built next to the colliery. ING took control of all the assets in December 2010.

Personal life

He is married to Rosalind and lives at[7] at Wiseton in north Nottinghamshire near Gringley-on-the-Hill, close to the A631. He is a[8] member of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

He has also invested money in the[9] Wiseton Stables].

See also


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External links

  • article August 2007Independent
  • December 2006 articleYorkshire Post
  • NUM 2006 article
  • Discussion in UK Parliament in May 1995 over sale of pits to RJB Mining
  • Hatfield IGCC Project
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