Boulby man takes over

BOSSES behind plans for a potash mine near Scarborough are appointing a new director from neighbouring mine Boulby.

As the project progresses, with test drilling set to reveal the extent of potash underground, Boulby Mine’s managing director has confirmed a move to York Potash.

Sirius Minerals has announced it is set to appoint Graham Clarke as the new operations director of the York Potash project.

Mr Clarke has worked at the Boulby mine, between Whitby and Saltburn, for his entire career in potash mining. He will now work with York Potash to develop proposals for a new mine, set to create 1,000 direct and 3,500 indirect jobs in the area.

Mr Clarke said: “I leave Boulby after many happy years and with great gratitude to all the hard working members of staff.

“There is a strong management team to step into my shoes and I look forward to the possibility of working together in the future on key areas of potential cooperation.

“The York Potash Project is a fantastic project and is an opportunity I could not turn down. I understand not only the challenges involved but also the huge benefits the York Potash Project can bring to the area.

“I aim to bring my operational experience of mine development, the local environment and health and safety issues to help deliver the best possible project.”

Mr Clarke is expected to formally join Sirius in early April 2012 once his notice with Cleveland Potash, which owns Boulby mine, has expired.

Chris Fraser, managing director of Sirius, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce Graham’s appointment to the company.

“Not only is he the only person to successfully commission and oversee a new polyhalite mine, but he lives and breathes for the local area and its wellbeing.”

The project is gathering pace as results from the first test drilling have been sent for analysis.

Once the location and quality of the potash has been determined Sirius will start work on deciding where to place the minehead.