The developer of the North Yorkshire potash 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 to be built by STRABAG 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. Site mobilisation is to begin immediately.
The announcement came as the company announced its quarterly update, which stated that the project remains 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, whilst at the same time both delivering value for our shareholders and playing our part in improving fertilizer practices around the world.
“STRABAG brings with it world-leading tunnelling experience, a can-do attitude and another significant, well-aligned partner committed to the success of our project. We are now looking forward to adding progress on our mineral transport system to the impressive progress we have already made on early works and mine shafts.”
STRABAG is one of the world’s leading civil engineering and tunnelling contractors.