Major step at Sirius mine
Sirius Minerals has entered into a design and build contract with STRABAG AG, for the construction of the first drive of the mineral transport system tunnel between Wilton and Lockwood Beck.
The section is part of a 37 km tunnel with a diameter of 4.7 m for a low environmental impact conveyor system to transport the mined polyhalite from Woodsmith Mine near Whitby to Wilton on Teesside for processing.
The announcement came as the company announced its quarterly update, which stated that the project remains on track to deliver first polyhalite and commercial production on time and on budget.
Chris Fraser, managing director and CEO of Sirius, said: “It is an exciting time for the company as we continue to construct our game-changing Woodsmith Mine which represents the largest private sector investment in the North. The infrastructure we’re building will allow us to create thousands of jobs, deliver economic benefits for the local and national economies for generations to come.”