Results due on potash test drilling project

TEST drilling for potash in the Scarborough area is expected to produce its first set of results next month.

Sirius Minerals, the company behind plans to build a potash mine between Scarborough and Whitby, has been drilling in the area after receiving planning permission for six temporary boreholes.

The test drilling, which started earlier this year, is being carried out to give Sirius a better understanding of the quality and extent of the potash below ground.

As more applications are expected to be submitted to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park for further drilling sites, Sirius says the results of its first drilling are due in October.

Chris Fraser, managing director and chief executive of Sirius, said: “We are now on target for having the full assay results for the first hole during the second half of October.

“We are pleased with the progress on this important drilling programme and continue to work as quickly as possible to complete this phase of the project.

“We have already established good working relationships with our key contractors and will continue to keep the local community updated.”

The drilling will remove mineral core from around 1,500m underground, with work expected to last around eight week at each temporary site.

Up to ten drilling sites in total are expected as part of this phase of the project.

Plans for the mine were revealed in January when 600sq km of mining rights were sold to Sirius by York Potash.