CHEMICAL analysis has confirmed an ‘outstanding’ quality of potash found near Scarborough.
The results were from a bore hole, which forms part of a test drilling programme as part of plans to build a potash mine between Scarborough and Whitby.
York Potash, the company behind the plans has announced the “chemical assay results” for its first exploration site.
Preliminary results were announced on October 27 after coring at the first site close to Robin Hood’s Bay finished.
Samples were then sent for detailed chemical analysis at the British Geological Survey in Nottingham. The grade and thickness have significantly exceeded the company’s previous exploration targets.
Chris Fraser, managing director of York Potash’s parent company Sirius said: “We are delighted with these outstanding results but there is obviously a still a long way to go and we are working hard to complete the other temporary drilling sites as quickly as possible.
“The York Potash Project is potentially one of the world’s most significant projects and we must focus on developing the best possible proposals to share with the community next year.”
The results show 22.1 metres of high-grade polyhalite across three beds. The 15.1 metres analysed to date have an average polyhalite grade of 95.7 per cent including 5.83 metres of continuous +99.5% polyhalite.
The temporary drilling programme is required to extract sample cores of potash from around a mile underground.
The test drilling will help determine where the mine head will be placed.