Sirius : Stage IV

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"The owners of the Potash mine near Whitby say they are focused and committed to delivering the project.

Sirius Minerals have not been able to get the £400m it needs to fund the next stage.

It has taken the decision to reduce the rate of development in order to save funding to allow more time for alternatives.

Gareth Edmunds, External Affairs Director at Sirius Minerals, said:

"We've been focused since the day we started this project, which is nearly nine years now, on delivering it.

We've known that there's always been challenges to overcome; we've overcome a number of those challenges.

We're two and a half years into construction; we've made fantastic progress across the sites, we've got customers around the world who wants to buy this product, and now we need to find a way during this strategic review process to fund the remainder of the project."

He explained if there will be any job losses: 

"We're trying to minimise any impact on our staff; and our focus in making this decision is to buy ourselves an additional six months to find an additional funding solution.

That will be part of the strategic review and that will come up with options that will hopefully see us back into full speed ahead, and delivering the project which is our main focus."





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Stella Rose ...

Sirius has completed a mile of its 23-mile tunnel under the North York Moors to transport polyhalite, a form of natural fertiliser

"Sirius has completed a mile of its 23-mile tunnel under the North York Moors to transport polyhalite, a form of natural fertiliser"

Another 8 miles ... ;-))

28.73 metres per day .... 

The Optimist.

Wots 64 weeks in English?

"Suppose a more accurate estimate of their orbit periods is that Mercury takes 7/30 Earth-years and Venus takes 26/42 Earth-years. "

Oh, OK ;-)



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The Challenge Pack

"In a joint statement, Cllr Steve Siddons - Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Cllr Mary Lanigan - Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr Carl Les - Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Ben Houchen - Mayor of the Tees Valley, Henri Murison - Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, David Kerfoot – Chair of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Nomi Ahmad - Head of Sembcorp Energy UK, said:

“We will do everything in our power to harness Government support for the Sirius Minerals project.

The significant and once in a generation opportunity the projects presents to transform our communities and deliver economic benefits on a regional and national scale should not be underestimated.  

We urge the Government to continue to engage with Sirius, to continue to support this truly transformational project and to work towards a solution that sees it delivered on time.”"

I have a wee Green fiend.

Not the only...

"Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of Scarborough Business Ambassadors, said:

"There are about 34 exhibitors and they pay to be there, but they're not there to sell their products; they're there to show and showcase engineering opportunities for young people.

The magic day for me has always been the Thursday, in that those are the primary school children starting at five years old, we have a thousand of them coming through in one day.

Those are the young minds we need to stimulate for tomorrow's engineering."

He added that more females are entering the industry:

"We've had several young ladies who want to enter apprenticeships and Girl Power, their young engineer who's a lady engineer, became apprentice of the year in the UK.

So it shows you that there's a migration towards young ladies entering engineering because it's not about all your rags and spanners, it's about robotics and control systems and that's really where the young minds of today are best placed."

The event was founded in 2010 by The Scarborough Business Ambassadors with huge support from Unison Ltd, Scarborough Borough Council and NYBEP Ltd, it was and is driven by the need to promote careers in engineering and the local progression routes available to improve recruitment in the sector."

The Ninth?   Toes.