Construction is officially underway on Sirius Minerals’ £2.4bn polyhalite project in the UK. The development, in the North of England, had originally been earmarked for a September 2016 start following the announcement of final governmental approval.
Sirius will look to become one of the world’s largest producers of multi-nutrient fertilisers, production around 10 Mtpa in its initial producing stage, with the foundations for extending that capacity to 20 Mtpa.
The polyhalite deposit is currently the world’s largest deposit in the world, and operations will take place at the site for the next 50 years and beyond.
Sirius Minerals will continue to work with The North York Moors National Park Authority to ensure a smooth construction phase.
Andy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at the North York Moors National Park said:
“We appreciate that there will be some disruption during the construction stage of the mine and are working closely with all parties to carry out mitigation and ensure that we can deliver the range of positive projects funded by the S106 agreement.”
“The Authority has appointed two key posts to lead on the monitoring of the mine construction. Briony Fox, Director of Polyhalite Projects joined us on 3 April and Robert Smith will take up the position of Senior Minerals Planner later in May. He will be responsible for ensuring the mine is delivered in accordance with the very detailed planning approval.”