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Based in North Yorkshire, within the United Kingdom, York Potashis Sirius Minerals' flagship development asset, proposing to develop a new potash mine near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Planning permission is currently being sought for the project and further details can be viewed on the York Potash website'splanning pages.
The mine will be the first new potash mine in the UK for 40 years and will be a deep shaft mine of unprecedented design and world leading example within the mining industry. The Project area of interest lies between Whitby and Scarborough, extending about 16 km inland from the coast and up to 14 km off shore Within this area lies the thickest and highest grade polyhalite OreReservein the world.
The Project is targeting the production of polyhalite, a naturally occurring mineral containing four of the six macro-nutrients required for plant growth (potassium, sulphur, magnesium and calcium). Initially, the saleable products will take the form of powdered or granulated polyhalite that can be used as a directly applied fertilizer which is proven to be suitable for widespread commercial farming, including organic farming.More information about the characteristics of polyhalite and our global crop study programme can be foundhere.
The York Potash Project will also involve the development of an underground mineral transport system from the mine to a proposed new materials handling facility at Wilton on Teesside. From there it will be transported via conveyor to a berth facility where it will be shipped from.
The scope of the Project is currently a 13 mtpa operation and is proposed to be constructed in two phases. The first phase is designed to provide a 6.5 mtpa operation with the ability to be expanded to 13 mtpa over a period of years. At full production the mine will bring an annual contribution to the UK GDP of over £1 billion, helping the UK’s prosperity and growth. It will also help to reduce the country’s trade deficit, making it a truly nationally significant project.
The initial development for the Project will target multiple routes to market including production of large-scale granulated polyhalite as a direct application fertilizer and as a main source of potassium for the production of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers (NPK). The Project will have significant expansion capacity beyond initial development with options to produce Sulphate of Potash (SOP) from the polyhalite ore at a later stage. In addition to polyhalite, York Potash has vast quantities of Sylvite, a source of Muriate of Potash (MOP). The immediate focus for the Project is on the development of the polyhalite resource which has the potential to be a major player in global food security issues.
The York Potash Project asset is the largest and highest grade polyhalite resource in the world, laying the foundation for Sirius to become a leading global large scale potash and multi-nutrient producer.