Ma­jor step at Sir­ius mine

The Scarborough Evening News - - NEWS -

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.”

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