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Sirius Minerals reports Woodsmith Mine on track

mainsite2 mar 2018

Sirius Minerals has reported that construction of their £2.2bn polyhalite mine development in North Yorkshire is on track to deliver production on time.

In a quarterly report, the company reported that at the Woodsmith Mine site diaphragm walling on the service shaft was complete and work had started on the production shaft, with the excavation of the service shaft scheduled to start shortly.

The report also confirmed that the initial 120m of the MTS shaft will be sunk using a Herrenknecht Vertical Sinking Machine (VSM), whilst preparation works, including the excavation of the guide collar are in progress, with sinking to start in the next three months.

In addition, piling work has started in late June on the Wilton site in Teeside newsfor the MTS tunnel portal.

Sirius Minerals Managing Director and CEO Chris Fraser said: “It has been a quarter of good progress as we continue to construct our Woodsmith Mine, as well as breaking-ground on Teesside. 

“With commercial momentum and the development of our world-class mine continuing to progress well, we remain confident of delivering on our key milestones for 2018 and ultimately delivering on our vision to be a world-class fertilizer business.”

Sirius Minerals is now looking at the process of evaluating proposals for each of the outstanding major scopes of work for the project, which include a materials handling facility, port infrastructure, MTS fit out and drives two and three of the MTS tunnel.

In May, GE visited the site. Read more about how developing the UK’s deepest tunnel and longest shafts has called for some innovative thinking and a flexible approach here.

Last month, GE reported that the Datum Group has been awarded the instrumentation and monitoring contract for the main circular 60m deep diaphragm wall shafts being installed by Bauer Technologies.

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