The Coastal Area Parish Forum held 04/04/2017 at Loftus Town Hall hosted by the NYMNPA had four Key ingredients.
i Boulby Potash Mine - Update
ii Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Scheme
Iii NYC Landscape Partnership Scheme
iv Verbal updates on - Fracking, Cindertrack & BT Telephone Kiosks Removal
Three key experts were present to present to a limited turnout of about twelve very nice folk, four representatives who sit on Scarborough Council albeit a dual, two tripples & one mad hatter. Anyhooos Loftus Town Hall is an exceptional building, set in an exceptional Town just North of Boulby Mine. ...
Ooh to the ahh to the Power of Four, Poly 4, Polyhalite & Potash Powerhouse. Think Northern Power House, Potash Powerhouse of the North :-)
Peter Jones (New Management) of Boulby Mine was to present to the Parishoners & public and outline Boulby's plan for the future. Under their current planning permission that expires in 2023 Boulby mine two minerals Rocksalt and Sylvite. Rocksalt mainly for highways and added to feedstock with Sylvite for fertiliser. Jones explained why they need to start their 'road show' now and to let the public know they 'Boulby' have a bright future. Rather prudently Boulby have entered into early discussions with the NYMNPA regarding future planning procedures and have timetabled a public consultation exercise that began 3rd April at Loftus and will cover the whole region with an expected planning determination by no later than 2018.
Under da new management and working with consultants Amec Foster Wheeler transparency and openess is the key theme. Following recent press reports regarding Health & Safety and local redundancies Jones confirmed some key facts:
Polyhalite is a potassium based fertilser. Polysulphate is sulphur based. Boulby is the biggest mining employer in the UK. Owners ICL have invested over £360mil in recent years to secure the future of Boulby and highly value their 'asset'. ICL is the fourth biggest fertilser producer in the world.
Boulby also currently employ 750 workers. Of the recent redundancies, Boulby asked workers the option of voluntary redundancy with full redundancy benefits. 425 members of the workforce took the option of early retirement (voluntary) with 65 compulsory redundancies, creating financial efficiency to preserve the "750 jobs that we have at the moment". 85% of the workforce reside locally in Whitby, Redcar, East Cleveland and North Yorkshire. The annual wage bill is £37mil with most of that spent in the local economy.
Why the 'efficiencies'? Operating costs. The global price of generic potash had fallen in recent years, from $4/500t to $165t following a glut in holding of fertiliser stock, increased access to potash commodity, uncertainty with respect to supply and demand , akin with many other global commodoties dependent on geopolitical uncertainty, resources, research etc.... simply - supply & demand. Boulby confirm that global potash prices are again on the rise. Stocks must be low and demand increasing.
Working closely with Durham University, research & technology Boulby openly admit that their current base mined fertiliser product will be exhausted in 4/6 years. Sylvite or Sylvinite lies above the seam of Polyhalite (the target mining product of Sirius Minerals) . Whilst polyhalite (Poly4) has been under the radar of Boulby for some time (about six years) it is a harder mineral to mine than Sylvinite (being in a lower seam and of a different mineral composition). Due to research & improved technology advancements Boulby are now keen to exploit this further mineral resource, Polyhalite.
Not only do Boulby seek to focus on the 'fertiliser of the future' Polyhalite (as described by Sirius Minerals) but thanks to Boulby's research and trials their intention is to mine FOUR products within their boundary.. Rocksalt, Potash, Polyhalite and the recently added 'Carolyte'.
Bearing in mind close neighbour Sirius Minerals holds the same seams... albeit give or take a few geo faults aka Southerly, both Potash producers could and would benefit, as would the whole region in terms of economic contribution. Indeed global benefits 'feed the world' from the blends that a local mineral resource 'asset' that is found to be the largest, deepest and most natural form of potash 'in the (known) world'.
Anyhoos, back to this 'Carolyte'. This is a blend between the seam of Sylvite & Polyhalite and contains ALL the micro mineral ingredients, aka necessary nutrients that can be combined, blended or diffused to accommodate ALL crop yeilds across the globe ... dependent on soil equations, etc etc. Exciting innit?
However Boulby acknowledge they cannot predict the future with regard to commodity markets (who can ;-) so Why Now?
Timescales for the future of Boulby's planning permissions started in January 2017. As with all commodity markets, Boulby are trading on 'shifting sands'.
The blending of Polyhalite & sylvinite to create 'Potash+' Boulby are seeking the NYMNPA plannning for 'Status Quo'. ie to keep the company as it is with an expected lifespan, including the 750 workforce hitherto for the future upto 20 to 25 years. In simple terms, not a FULL planning application but an Extension of their current Mining Licence. Subject to public consultation.
Why up to 25 years? Further & future ICL investment is needed to improve safety & secure jobs. (and of course to keep digging and establish new markets for a local product)
The public consultation began yesterday.
Best not mention Volkovskite (I held it in me greasy hand)
There are FOUR main elements to a Renewal of Licence under Core Econmic Policy E:
a: Enviromental (EIA)
b: Socio Economic
d: Public Engagement
Phew. As a worse case scenario it would take four years to decommission the mine ... properly.
As for that Dark Matter stuff ...
I mebbe stoopid but I aint daft ;-)
PS with regard to 'Gas' ... of course ... think Jurrasics, Dinos 65mil years Polywotsits 250mil years.
Time Waster, Moi? Mutton ... Coralyte Corobite wtf? Cornalyte..
The Rolling Roadshow : http://www.icl-uk.uk/rolling-roadshow-hits-streets-cleveland-potash-expl...
ICL on Line Questionnaire : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/boulbymine
Anyone got a tune? Fork Fork....
Personally am all 4 a Potash Powerhouse of the North.
Hey ho.... "a great Pirate does not require such intracacies"