A New Era

Of some interest is that Anglo American were not represented at the 'vote' and have been very quiet on their future for the Woodsmith mine, and indeed Boulby mine.

I guess they have been busy with Effectiveness Efficiency & Delivery : https://www.angloamerican.com/~/media/Files/A/Anglo-American-Group/PLC/m...

With a view that Sirius Minerals is a 'compelling fit and opportunity' with a clear 'strategic fit', 'competitive product' and 'well progressed project' it would seem, to some that Anglo's engagement with the local community since the offer has been accepted is quite 'deafening'. 

It may appear they have some more pressing 'issues'...

“Sea of Mud, Never Again”


It would be rude not to:




Polyhalite Woodsmith Project

Anglo Takeover Complete:


First order of business funding... to:

Secure current contractors & employees 

Testing of technical functions

Tunnel & shaft progress

£1mil into the Community Foundation today

Create more jobs

$300mil investment over the next two years

$3.5bil to complete to production

To work as hard as can to better communicate ...


"We have made an exciting step in our journey to support a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world after securing the Woodsmith Project in North Yorkshire – the world’s largest known high-grade polyhalite deposit.

The Woodsmith Project is a natural fit for our portfolio as it supports our transition towards those metals and minerals that will meet the world’s evolving needs – including infrastructure and food – to support a fast-growing global population.

Polyhalite is used in fertilisers and can be mined through a relatively simple, low-energy, non-chemical production process. POLY4 is the product name of the fertiliser which will continue to be produced at the Project."

About that theme tune... ?


Insert your own ;-))

Sustaining the future:


OOh...  A Sing Along


Exciting, innit.

Real life is about putting food on the table for the next generation.

Long may they Blossom.

Pirate Mudstone

"As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore, coal and nickel – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives."




"In line with the British Government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Anglo American is in the process of pausing most construction and development activity on its Woodsmith polyhalite project. Appropriate action is being taken to enable safe and swift resumption of work.

Production from Anglo American’s major operations in other countries has not been impacted materially to date and we are taking all appropriate preventative measures to reduce the probability of the virus spreading, including by reducing the density of people on our sites."

Stella Rose should be on the straight to Lockwood by now...




Oh, OK..

What is Mars made of?


OOh a Starship Users Guide :-0




Keep Busy.



'Executive Orders'

"It is unclear whether the president actually thinks the moon is a part of Mars but the two are in fact quite far apart – the moon, which orbits Earth, is around 238,000 miles away from our planet while Mars, which is itself a planet, is an averag of 140m miles away from Earth..."


Oh Dear ...



"Trump claims that the World Health Organization has gotten the pandemic "wrong". The WHO must "get its priorities right", he says, adding that the US is going to do "a study, investigation" to determine if it will continue to fund the agency."



"Trump responds to reports that Turmp's son-in-law Jared Kushner is developing a national coronavirus tracking system for patients who have been diagnosed.

"It doesn't sound like a bad idea, actually, but I haven't heard about it," Trump says. "I have to see it."

"It sounds very scientific... but it also has to do with rights and lots of different constitutional questions."

"I would have known about it," he adds."


"Trump says his administration has begun distributing the drug hydroxychloroquine in "large amounts". He says there are 30 million doses in the national stockpile.

Trump has touted the drug as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus, though studies are inconclusive. Tablets containing chloroquine have long been used in the treatment of malaria, and there is hope that they can inhibit the virus that causes Covid-19.

"I hope it works," Trump says. "I’m not a doctor but I’m a person with common sense.""


""The daring and determination of our people in this crisis reminds us that no matter how hard it gets, no matter what obstacles we must overcome, Americans will keep on fighting to victory and we will secure the glorious future that our citizens so richly deserve, especially after going through this nightmare, this evil beast.""


Oh ..  is that it?


Trump has left the Podium ...


"Distancing is “the best tool,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.“We know that this is something that is a strain on the American public,”


Vice President Mike Pence is speaking now...

"Pence is asks whether deaths are being “padded” – whether those who died after having underlying conditions made worse by coronavirus are listed as deaths from coronavirus, which “inflates” the number of deaths...

"Dr. Fauci says “you will always have conspiracy theories when you have challenging [public health crises] he says. They are just distractions.”

“Have somebody write a book about it later. Not now.”


Cabin Fever ...  No visitors allowed, huh?

Anyhoos ... (tis a private 'family' matter, wise head & young shoulders n all that  ;-)



Touch Wood


Lockdown, is nothing new?

"Sirius’s shaft sinking contractor DMC Mining Services Ltd (DMC), will use the innovative, proven Herrenknecht Shaft Boring Roadheader (SBR) to construct the main shafts..."


"The main shaft sinking of both the Service Shaft & Production Shaft will be done using SBR machines. These will be assembled in, and launched from, their respective pre-sunk shafts, within each head chamber, to facilitate the excavation and construction of the shaft from approx. 120 metres below ground level (BGL) to the Polyhalite seam, almost 1600mbgl. The SBR for the Service Shaft arrived at the Woodsmith site in August 2019 and the one for the Production Shaft arrived in early 2020. The are expected to launch in quarter 4 2020 and quarter 2 2021 respectively.

"In order to support and control each SBR, which will essentially hang in each shaft, infrastructure has been constructed at surface as per previous work Phases. This comprises the; Headframe (within head chamber) and Hoisting plant (winches and temporary winders), for each shaft. Upon completion of the Headframe and Hoisting plant installation, the winches and winders will be roped up as per the Phase 11 CMS (Ref. 40-SMP-WS-7100-PA-MS-00009). This allows the compartmentalised sections of the SBR, currently at ground level, to be lifted, by crane, into the head chamber, where they will be connected and lowered into the main shaft. For this operation, a railed trolley will be installed to the base of the Head chamber. This will be lifted in by a 750ton crane. After the SBR assembly is complete, this will be removed and the crane de-mobilised. Once all sections have been connected, roped up and commissioned, the SBR can be launched. "

Phase 12: Page 42 (the third one)


"For this Phase, the shafts will be sunk from the base of the pre sink, 120mBGL, to the base of the Lias group, approx. 490mBGL. "




Slightly beyond my comprehension...



Anglo Absorbed


"Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani said: “Our wide-ranging efforts in response to this pandemic are directed at where support is most needed, very often in terms of basic services at the local community level in remote areas around our mines.

“We also recognise the extraordinary work of so many major charitable and aid organisations. Our employees ask us how they can best contribute financially, beyond the work that so many of them are already doing on the ground."




Almost.. ;-)


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Time Flies

"The next Liaison Group Forum meeting will be on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and will be conducted via web conference.  To register your interest please email cropnutrients.info@angloamerican.com."



Still trying to get my heard around the fundamentals:


Mind Blowing...

Where is the TBM?

Have the shafts moved?

How is the two year review going?

Don't you have a seven year window from approval to completion?

Oh, OK ;-0


"bats are fastidiously clean creatures and have a plan to avoid this sticky situation. When the time comes bats flip round and hang from thumb claws like fluffy trapeze artists."


Wise words:

"This is not an easy time to be making your way in the world so a crash course in positive decision-making, a chastening blast of reality and discovering the value of expanding options rather than shutting them down"

Anglo have $6bil + reserves + revenue


Anyone might think they wood make a long term commitment...