Underground potash pipe plans revealed

York Potash mine head diagram
York Potash mine head diagram

The second phase of public consultation is being entered into by the company working to build a potash mine near Scarborough as it discusses plans for an underground pipeline.

York Potash is launching a formal public consultation on its proposed buried pipeline, which would transport potash ore in solution from the proposed mine near Sneaton to a planned processing facility near Wilton, Teesside.

Bosses say a pipeline has been included in the plans to minimise the effect on the environment of mineral transportation by removing the need to use road.

The pipeline, which would be made of steel and buried a minimum of 1.2 metres below ground, will take a route close to the A171 after York Potash devised its location following talks with local land owners and stakeholders.

Chris Fraser, managing director of Sirius Minerals, the parent company of York Potash, said: “We believe this is the best, most efficient and environmentally acceptable solution for moving the potash out of the National Park and without long term disruption to local communities.

“Importantly, it would mean that we do not have to move the mineral by road or rail which helps to further reduce any impact of the proposals.”

York Potash began its first public consultation after revealing in September that a farm and commercial forestry near Sneaton is the planned location for a buried minehead.

The company is hoping to submit its first formal planning application for the project, which is set to create 1,000 direct jobs, to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority, by the end of the year.

Details pipeline proposals are being put out to consultation and information on the consultation process, the project and the route are available on the company’s website – www.yorkpotash.co.uk.