Beauty & The Beast

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There once was an ugly duckling ...

"The Liaison Group Forum will meet quarterly, as a minimum, throughout the construction and post-construction period. Chaired by the Company, its membership will include representatives from the National Park Authority, parish and town councils, local residents and wider community stakeholder representation as appropriate.

The purpose of the group is to facilitate liaison between local stakeholders about construction, providing updates about progress and to enable any concerns to be raised and resolved. Agendas, minutes and presentations from each meeting can be viewed by clicking on the PDF icons in the table below.."

Oh.  "There are quarterly Liaison Group Forum meetings with local elected representatives that are open to members of the public to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to provide Project updates and receive community feedback. Minutes of meetings are available using the link to the right and future meetings will be publicised on this website."

Under the S106 provision ... anyone can trott along.  

Simplified ?

The 'Section 73' application is to be decided by the NYMNPA on 16th November 2017 and is an open public meeting following public consultation that closes next week.  An officers report will be made prior to the meeting (usually 5 days).

Concerning the 'Minor Material Amendments' in the grander scale of the development, the drift access, reduction to the number of shafts (7 :4), shaft width, relocation of drainage ponds (attenuation)  etc etc should not spoil a thing.   Afterall there is plenty of landscaping and scoping.  Technology has moved on since 2015 with the Mining Inspectorate states that you don't need 7km between shafts (for ventilation)  and 14km will do.  Hence the reduction in shaft numbers and the spoiled having to travel a little bit further.

Always keep your options open.  Until the Section 73 decision is made and the final spoil spot is designated Toketts and  t'other one are still on the table.

With new challenges and new ways of working the exploratory drill rig at SM14 (ABC)  (three shafts to be sunk two to a depth of 1500m) a 12 month extension has been requested. Believed to be currently working at a depth of 1000m, with a wee bit of 'warmth' this should be completed within three months.   The exploratory rig will gather all the geological  information needed for all three shafts. Of the three winding gears one has been designed to be horizontal.

Lockwood is underway with the shaft sinking due to start January 2018 to enable two TBM's - one to head up north to Wilton and one to head down towards Staithes... somewhere left off Boulby.  

With today's RNS confirming  a 750,000 Torp with the Asia-Pacifics one might have thunk all of Boulby's annual Polywotsits and production had been sold  and indeed necks had been saved.

However, mebbe this was not meant to be.

Boulby are expected to present a Full Planning application (including MDT test) to the NYMNPA by end of this working year with ICL expecting a determination by Spring.

Viability and sensitivity to the environment are to be weighted with no existing extension to the current permissions.  Ain't that a goose.  

Mind some decisions are to be delegated & all planning news can be found on't NYMNPA website.  Thou if one is not digitally enhanced the Moors Messenger should suffice. 

The s106's have enabled a whole programme of short term works with more strategic projects planned once operational.

For example Core Policy D - 7000 HA of trees is equal to 5% of the park area, with 10 ha to be planted in 2017, tree planting is to be ramped up along with production and a Woodland Creation Officer's post had been created.  Trees can only be planted with the landowners permission.

New challenges, new ways of working.

Dark Nights.





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SXX & Pro Active

"“South East Asia is a fast-growing market which provides Sirius with an attractive opportunity to further diversify and grow our current portfolio of customers."

An initial 7-year deal could see up to 750,000 tonnes of the POLY4 - the fertiliser product that will be made at the new mine - shipped to customers in South East Asia.

The deal is with Wilmar Group, a Singapore listed agribusiness firm, which will have exclusive rights for the use and resale of POLY4 in territories such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar.

Wilmar has the option to lift the offtake volume up to 1mln tonnes per annum, and it can extend the initial agreement for a further three years.

The pricing parameters of the distribution deal will be linked to prevailing market prices for certain nutrients contained within POLY4.

The Wilmar deal adds to a stockpile of existing offtake deals, which together amounted to 3.6mln tonnes per year prior to Thursday’s announcement, and cover territories in Europe, South America, China & South-East Asia.

As with the Wilmar deal the majority of pricing mechanisms are linked to underlying nutrient value and product benchmarks.

Offtake news had been expected before today’s announcement, as highlighted by a note earlier this week from house broker Shore Capital.

In a note on Tuesday, Shore Capital analyst Yuen Low harked back to comments made this summer by Sirius chief marketing officer J.T. Starzecki and said that the broker’s mining team was “hopeful that significant volumes will be announced at higher prices than before.”

Low added: “if so, this should be very positive for the share price (less take-or-pay volumes would be required to support the Stage 2 financing; average received prices could be expected to be higher due to the discounts required to secure take-or-pay agreements; NPV would therefore be significantly boosted.”

“If no new agreements/incremental volumes have been announced by then, we will be seeking more timing guidance.”

In this context, the Wilmar deal represents at the very least a de-risking for the mine developer’s share price.

“While Sirius is currently at development stage and still some years from becoming a cash flow-generating company, an investment in Sirius should become progressively de-risked and enjoy significant value uplift as it advances towards production, we believe,” Low said in a note.

The analyst highlighted that Sirius last month guided that the project was “on time and on budget”, and he added that he is “hopeful that the site visit will yield insights on progress” regarding key deliverables for the December 2017 quarter."

Senior Materials Handling Engineer

The role

Sirius Minerals is seeking a senior materials handling engineer to work within the project development team of its US$2.9 billion multi-discipline engineering, procurement and construction project. Reporting to the engineering manager, you will contribute to the engineering design input at all stages from construction to operation.

too busy twittering ?

It looks better int Dark ;-)  Mind a different shade of light wouldn't go amiss.

How Now. 

A Woodsmith & Boulby III  in progress...

Penny for your thoughts ;-0

Trick or treat ...

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Tick Tock on The Clock

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Boulby & SETI

"The Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Laboratory (BISAL)  is hosted by the Boulby Mine complex north of Whitby, Yorkshire, on the North East coast of England (UK). The Boulby Mine is a 1.1 km-deep active potash mine at the core of a 250-million-year-old, massive sequence of NaCl, KCl, and sulfates salts. The salts were formed by the evaporation of an ancient ocean - the Zechstein Sea -- which covered most of present day Western Europe during the Permian geologic period. The facility comprises over 1,000 km of underground roadways through the salt deposits. BISAL is a fully air conditioned, internet connected to the surface (100 Mbps) laboratory, with an outside ‘Mars yard’ for testing rover and instrument technology. The facility is also used for studies of astrophysics - the Underground Laboratories for Dark Matter Research, and low-background radiation and other deep underground science.

"The expedition is made up of an international team of scientists, teachers, engineers, biologists, geologists and astronauts. Scientists and educators from NASA and the SETI Institute will work on a variety of science and technology projects which will address some specific scientific questions and test a variety of potential technologies and planetary exploration protocols in the mine:

Scientific Questions:

  • Does ancient salt preserve viable organisms?
  • What biosignatures of life are preserved in deep salts?
  • What types of organisms inhabit deep brines?
  • What are the environmental conditions that support life in salt?
  • What is the composition and structure of evaporite deposits?
  • Where does the deep subsurface gas comes from? Is this from biology or from geology?
  • How we can apply what we learn in MINAR5 to the search for past and present life on other planets?


  • Life detection technology
  • Clean sampling technologies
  • Autonomous drones and rover technology for deep subsurface exploration and mapping on the Moon and Mars
  • Gas detection technology
  • Communication protocols with the surface to simulate cave and lava tube exploration on the Moon and Mars ..."
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Taken On Trust

"ITS 554 square miles include one of Britain’s largest expanses of heather, and within the deep dales that intersect its moorland plateau nestle some of the country’s most spectacular locations.

The North York Moors has been a national park since 1952 but, it was conceded yesterday, legislation alone is no longer enough to guarantee its wellbeing.

The launch of a charitable trust which, it is hoped, will attract donations and bequests from individuals a well as corporate sponsors, was hailed as a big step in shoring up the financial health of the moors.


“Trusts like this can generate money in the millions, not just the hundreds of thousands,” said Andy Wilson, chief executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority, who will chair the Trust. Setting it up, he said, marked the realisation of “a long-held ambition to maximise efforts to conserve the landscape and wildlife of the area”.


It aims to grow into a major conservation force in the region but is beginning with baby steps across the moors, with a raft of projects that aim to increase knowledge, especially among young people, of nocturnal moth populations and to establishing a “Centenary Walk” in the village of Goathland, a tourist hotspot especially popular with viewers of the TV series, Heartbeat.

Mr Wilson said: “A huge part of the Trust’s work is focussed on ensuring the North York Moors can be enjoyed for generations to come. It’s therefore imperative that we engage the younger generation in what we do.”

Made up of nine trustees, the Trust will be independent of the statutory National Park Authority which administers the North York Moors, but the two will support each other, Mr Wilson said.

It isn’t a new idea. North Yorkshire is the only county with two national parks, and the larger one to the west has worked in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for two decades.


“This sort of arrangement happens very often in the US,” Mr Wilson said. “It’s a question of trying to trap funds that are not currently used.”

The launch, accompanied by the publication of a leaflet advising on how to bequeath money to the Trust, came three months after analysis showed that government funding for the 13 national parks in England and Wales would fall by two-fifths by the end of the decade,

Sharp cuts to the parks’ annual grants imposed by the coalition were followed by a pledge by the last Conservative government to protect funding up to 2020. But a report in July forecast that most parks would have suffered a fall in real terms fall of more than 40 per cent between 2010 and 2020.

Mr Wilson said that “having been through a period of great stress”, the Moors was in relatively good financial health.

Sir William Worsley, a trustee of the new charity, said at yesterday’s launch: “This is a very special area, one I have been lucky enough to enjoy all my life.

“The Trust has been set up to help secure the future of the North York Moors, to ensure that future generations can continue to fall in love with this place of awe-inspiring beauty.”

Hmmm ...

"Why let your antiques collect dust in the attic when you can sell them for cash? Take money on the spot from a dealer OR if you think your item is worth more….take a gamble at auction!"

A Swan Song ;-0

"There is an (Sirius Minerals) advert in today's WG for two public drop-in sessions. 13th Nov at Sneaton village hall and 21st Nov at Hawsker and Staisacre Parish hall. Both are running from 4.00pm - 7.00pm.

The objective is to update on the current situation and to give an overview of the next year's activities."

Shears ..