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


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...

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Tubular Bells

"Anglo American has confirmed its Crop Nutrients business has ended the contract of its shaft sinking contractor, DMC Mining Services UK Ltd, at the Woodsmith polyhalite project in the UK.

Anglo, which only took ownership of the asset earlier this year, said DMC staff were expected to transfer to Anglo American under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, and construction progress was due to continue.

DMC was awarded the design and build contract for the construction of the deep shafts at the Woodsmith project back in February 2018 when the project was owned by Sirius Minerals.

This contract would have seen it engineer and construct four shafts at the project in North Yorkshire. Those shafts include a production and service shaft, each around 1,500 m deep, and two smaller shafts associated with the materials transport system, each approximately 350 m deep. It was to sink the deep shafts using Herrenknecht’s Shaft Boring Roadheader technology.

Herrenknecht developed the SBR for the mechanised sinking of blind shafts in soft to medium-hard rock. Based on the technology of the Herrenknecht Vertical Shaft Sinking Machine, the SBR offers improved safety performance compared with conventional shaft sinking methods while also achieving higher advance rates, according to the company.

DMC, itself, had become familiar with the technology after helping successfully sink two blind shafts to depths of -975 and -1,005 m, respectively, at the BHP-owned Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Sinking activities with the SBRs at Woodsmith, meanwhile, were expected to start next year, with the machines having already arrived on site.

A spokesman for the Woodsmith project said of the DMC contract cancellation: “This new structure provides us with simpler internal processes and allows us to better manage the important transition between the sinking phase and ramp-up to steady state operations.

“It also gives us greater control over processes like local recruitment and training.”"


Hmmm ...

"The contract award with DMC ends an association Sirius Minerals had with AMC, a joint venture between Thyssen and Redpath, for construction of the deep shafts..."


"... how stupid is that?"

Fundamentally ... ;-)


Consider Anglo as a Bridge.


Consider Phlebas?

"There's a big war going on in that novel, and various individuals and groups manage to influence its outcome. But even being able to do that doesn't ultimately change things very much. At the book's end, I have a section pointing this out by telling what happened after the war, which was an attempt to pose the question, 'What was it all for?' I guess this approach has to do with my reacting to the cliché of SF's 'lone protagonist.' You know, this idea that a single individual can determine the direction of entire civilizations."



Plan B.



One Day Rodders ... ;-0


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Civil Engineering

"Anglo American has abandoned plans to construct the intermediate shaft for its North Yorkshire polyhalite mine using drill and blast techniques and announced plans to use “blind boring” techniques instead.

In a letter to residents near the shaft at Lockwood Beck seen by NCE, the mining giant said that work on the shaft using the new technique would start immediately and will finish next year.

The Lockwood Beck shaft is 32km from the main mine site at Woodsmith and was originally planned to be the location of an underground cavern for launching and receiving of tunnel boring machines (TBMs). Anglo has confirmed to NCE that the TBM currently driving the material transport system tunnel from Teesside will also be used for the second part of the drive towards Woodsmith.

The firm said that the increased advance rate of the TBM meant that the Lockwood shaft would just be used for ventilation allowing it to use the simpler shaft sinking method."


"Earlier this year, a team of researchers produced a paper on how Europe might avoid the worst impacts of rising seas by building a huge dam across the North Sea.

But Dr Thomas Frederikse doesn't think adding extra barriers would now work."



Hmmm ...


"Yesterday I went to the catch the bus, but it was pulling into the stop while I was still a couple of hundred metres away. I started running to see if I could catch it, and not only did I get to the bus stop before it left, I overtook it, beat it into town and set off three speed cameras.”"

Oh OK:

"In the latest communication with residents, the change in technique for the shaft construction has been driven by the decision to narrow the shaft from 9m to 3.2m. The new technique, which uses rotary drilling techniques to install a steel casing, will also speed the work up from the two to three year period originally forecast.

The first 20m section of the shaft was constructed by piling by Bachy Soletanche in late 2018 and grouting extended the ground treatment to 160m below ground level.

The 45m high headframe for the drill and blast work had already been erected on site and is now being dismantled and 25m drill rig will be used instead to complete the blind boring method to take the shaft to its full 360m depth. Anglo has said that the change of technique will allow a small building to be built over the top of the shaft to minimise the impact of the work.

Anglo told nearby residents that work on site will start with modifications to the existing working platform with further boreholes sunk and grouting undertaken to “enhance the stability of the subsurface area”.

The firm also updated the community on progress at the Woodmsith Mine site and said that the first shaft boring roadheader has been assembled and is currently being lowered into the service shaft to start construction by the end of the year. It also reported that the construction foreshaft is close to completion and excavation of the inner shaft to 120m will be finished by the end of the year in readiness for the second shaft boring roadheader."



"ShareSoc will be writing to the Law Commission and Government making them aware of the judgment and the need to change the law to better protect individuals who invest in shares, particularly those who invest via pooled nominee accounts.

The work on SiriusClaim continues, but we have nothing further to report at present, other than to note that the actions at Redcentric highlight there is potential for redress against companies that offend through a variety of possible measures."




"“It’s like being a hostage,” he says of his abandonment aboard. “It’s terrorist logic: if you arrest the ship, either pay us to mind the ship or let us go.”"

There are no updates on the Anglo Woodsmith site to verify any community liaison and to confirm any of the above.

Somin to do with bags and being a bit slow.

PG Tips are triangular.


Short, Back & Sides ..

"Awards of between £500 and £15,000 are to be given to local charities and voluntary groups on the North Yorkshire coast to help them recover from funding shortfalls or organisational issues caused by the economic effects of the pandemic."

"The announcement brings the total amount awarded to community projects by the Foundation to over £1.4m since 2017.  Set up by previous owners of the mine, Sirius Minerals, the Foundation received a substantial increase in funding when Anglo American bought the company in March this year, with the new London-based owners promising to inject £1 million per year into the charity during the mine’s construction period.  Longer term, the Foundation will be funded by a revenue royalty when polyhalite production begins, which could amount to more than £5 million pounds per year.

The organisation recently announced they were looking for a CEO to develop the organisation into one of the top 10 corporate foundations in the country."


"be careful what you wish for..."


Cough ...



Seven Summits Gallery

"Sustainability lives at the very heart of our strategy, not as an adjacent activity, but embedded in how we do our work. Much of what we are driving for, particularly in terms of our energy and water ambitions, will be achieved through the technologies we are implementing - hence the inseparable connection between our technology work and our Sustainable Mining Plan..."

""Tackling climate change is the defining challenge of our times. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal of carbon neutrality across our operations by 2040, with eight of our assets to get there by 2030. Our underlying principle is to reduce carbon going into the atmosphere and we have clear pathways."...

We will update on the delivery of our 2020 water targets early next year and have identified additional water projects to implement in the coming years to drive towards our 2030 targets. For ease of reference, our 2020 water targets are to reduce the abstraction of fresh water by 20% and increase water-recycling levels to 75%; and our 2030 target is to reduce the abstraction of fresh water in water-scarce regions by 50%.""





Keep Busy.

Oh OK:-


""train at least 300 local people in preparation for mining operations and run an undergraduate programme. We have also provided funding of £85,000 to the borough councils of Scarborough and Redcar and Cleveland to prepare local people for employment.   We try to use local suppliers and businesses wherever possible, and work with Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils and business networks to promote opportunities with the project.""

One for the Collection...

And their Rateable Value is ??



Stella & External Sources

"Strabag started excavation for MTS in early 2019 with launch of the first of two 6m o.d. TBMs in June 2019. The polyhalite resource is located 1,500m beneath the North York Moors National Park and the mineral once extracted will be lifted to an underground cavern to transport to the Teesside processing plant and export shipping harbour via the 37km long 4.9m i.d. x 37km long MTS (Fig 3 and 4). The first TBM, a machine supplied by Herrenknecht, is proceeding on a 3.5 to 0.9% down gradient slope from the portal in Wilton to the intermediate shaft cavern at Lockwood Beck. The same TBM is planned to progress from the Lockwood Beck shaft towards the mine head with a second TBM, on a third drive, progressing from the mine head towards an in-tunnel junction to complete the remaining reach of the MTS tunnel. The second TBM is due to be procured and launched in 2022."

"In a presentation to the virtual Salzburg Geomechanics Colloquium in October 2020, Ernst Gschnitzer, Julian Wenger and Andy Raine of Strabag AG, UK Branch, explained that excavation of the MTS started at Wilton with a 300m long open cut area into a 100m long shotcrete lined SCL heading. Originally the SCL heading was to be 800m long through the upper mixed face geological deposits, but the distance could be shortened to 100m due to slightly better than anticipated rock conditions. The SCL tunnel was completed in April 2019 and in June 2019 the walked in TBM reached the rock face to begin full-face excavation in favourable Redcar Mudstone. By early October 2020, 10km of this first 13km long drive was complete."...

"... with a best excavation day of 52.65m in 24h and the best month of 1,012m in October 2020. With this high performance, the project was 145 days and 2.5km ahead of the programme in November 2020. Nevertheless, some downtime periods have been experienced to manage probe drillings in fault zones, extend cable and the continuous conveyor muck haulage system and clear clogging of the cutterhead."


Hmmm ....


"... there are 200 of the Sirius shareholders signed up with Sharesoc which is not many as Sirius was one of the biggest pi shareholders on the UK stock market outside the footsie 100...  some investors were near to a breakdown ... couldn`t even tell their wives they had lost the families life savings including their pension.."




This is a 3 step process:
1) Log in to your ShareSoc account or Join ShareSoc for free
2) Click ‘Submit’ on the form below
3) Click on the link on the next page to register with Zoom to COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION

Once you have registered fully with Zoom you will receive an email notification, as well as reminders 1 day and 1 hour before the event starts."

"As to buying British chocolate, Terry’s and Cravens are gone and he may remember that a firm named Rowntree now bears the name of founder Henri Nestlé of Vaud in Switzerland. Plus no rolling stock in the UK is British-owned, or the companies running our railways. It is the same with TVs, cars etc."


"Nestle’s factory in Halifax is home to Quality Street, the world’s biggest selling chocolate assortment. Its York factory manufactures iconic brands including KitKat, Aero, Yorkie and Polo mints."

"It is rare, in my experience, to encounter art of any type - literature, music, film, painting etc. - that blows you away; that has the power and immediacy to take you completely by surprise and stir your soul."

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'The Smell of Water'

"More jobs are to be created as the Woodsmith Mine Project progresses “ahead of expectations”

Anglo American gave an update on the construction of its Woodsmith polyhalite mine on the North Yorkshire coast today, updating investors that the project has continued to progress well during 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Chief Executive, Mark Cutifani, announced that the company will invest £375m in the project in 2021, an increase on the £225m it had previously committed to spending.  The improved funding commitment was, he said, a reflection of the good progress that was “ahead of expectations” and “to ensure that the critical path elements continue to proceed at the optimal pace and sequence.”

Today’s announcement of increased funding is expected to allow the project to recruit an additional 130 construction workers and dozens of additional management and administration roles in the spring, which will increase the size of the workforce to around 1,400. 

It was also revealed that the first drive of the 37km tunnel from Wilton on Teesside was nearing the 12km mark and that good progress was being made on preparing for further mineshaft sinking operations at the Woodsmith Mine site near Whitby, which are expected to begin in the new year.

Simon Carter, Chief Development Officer on the Woodsmith Project said

“It’s been an incredibly challenging and busy time on the project recently, not least because of the adaptations and safety measures we’ve introduced to make sure that we can work safely during Covid-19, But I am incredibly proud that the whole team has pulled together and enabled us to make such good progress.  I’m delighted that we have been able to buck the trend of many businesses and expanded our workforce, providing important opportunities for people in the region in these difficult times.”

Anglo American has hired around 150 new people since it launched a recruitment drive in the autumn, with around 60 more expected to be hired in the coming weeks.  Almost three quarters of these new workers have been hired from areas local to the project in North Yorkshire and Teesside, a trend the company says it is working hard to continue in further recruitment drives scheduled for the new year.

Simon Carter added..

“We are building a project that we want people to be proud of and that provides opportunities for local people for many decades, ensuring local communities prosper and grow is central to how Anglo American does things, and these new jobs are another example of us doing that.”

The project involves the sinking of two mineshafts into the polyhalite ore over a mile beneath the surface near Whitby, and the construction of a 23 mile long tunnel to a new processing and shipping facility on Teesside.  When the mine is complete, extracted polyhalite ore will be hoisted up the mineshaft and transported underground on a conveyor belt, avoiding any impact on the countryside above.  From there, it will be shipped around the world and sold to farmers as a natural low carbon fertiliser, certified for organic use."




"Isn’t Quincunx a wonderful word?

In his 1987 book, Standing Stones and Earthworks on the North York Moors, Stanhope White describes how he surveyed Temple Beeld and sent the results to the Royal Observatory to ascertain whether the site had any astronomical alignments, none were found."


"Manorial perambulations are an ancient practice, the boundaries of the district are walked to confirm ownership and ensure that no territorial infringements have taken place. What is interesting about this route is that it continues to be used as a formal boundary to define at least 13 different regional, county, unitary authority, parliamentary, and parish territories."

Keep Busy.




"The community has pretty much soundly rejected 'old school' conspiracy and fringe-theory kind of stuff. The vast majority of preppers [today] are serious and rational people, and their number is growing exponentially. It's gone mainstream."


"It had intended to spend $300 million on the site next year but said this was now going to be $500 million, which it insisted reflected rapid progress."



Big Ears.

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Sniff A Lot

"On the 8th of December we (ShareSoc and Sirius Claim Group) held a webinar to provide a progress update. The event was very well attended. There were 258 registrants and over 200 attended on the night. Links to the video of the webinar are here and copies of the slides here for those who were unable to attend."








""The bid marks a historical return to polyhalite for Anglo. The miner was a joint owner of the nearby Boulby polyhalite mine for three decades until Israeli Chemicals took over the asset in 2002. The Boulby mine is the world’s only producing polyhalite mine.""



Quite like Mondays..


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Project Titan

"Anglo American, the owners of the Woodsmith polyhalite mining project on the Yorkshire Coast, has donated over £60,000 to three local charities.

The three charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough and the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough were chosen by staff based around three themes important to the business: safety, care and community, with the money raised from an internal company initiative that encourages safe and responsible practices and behaviours..."


"Musk and others questioned the nature the technology, including what was referred to in reports as a “monocell” battery with lithium iron phosphate chemistry"




""Considering how many geologists, prospectors and collectors have scoured the county over the centuries in search of mineral treasure it's amazing that in 2020 we are adding a new mineral.""

"A mineral is naturally occurring chemical substance formed by geological processes

  • A rock is an object formed of one, or many minerals in combination
  • Many minerals form beautiful crystals, the most prized being those with bright colours, glass-like transparency and attractive crystal forms
  • The gemstone minerals and their varieties, like diamonds, emeralds and rubies have been desirable since ancient times
  • The Natural History Museum's mineral collection is one of the most important and comprehensive collections of its type in the world, containing about 185,000 specimens""

""What we've got is a bit like a little time capsule," Mr Rumsey said.""



"Although there is so far no evidence of life on Titan, its complex chemistry and unique environments are certain to make it a destination for continued exploration."




Oops...  left the tap running.. ;-@

Exciting, innit.

Keep Busy.

CEO 'Razor' swam the English Channel in August 2019 and became a world champ....

The Aquaman.

Any more stoopid questions?

"The next Liaison Group Forum meeting will be on Monday 11 January at 3pm.  It will be conducted via web conference.  To register your interest please email cropnutrients.info@angloamerican.com."


Big Ears...


'Productivity Goalposts'

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A Blue Peter Badge

"The owner of the Woodsmith Project on the North Yorkshire coast saw profit attributable to equity shareholders of $2.1bn of the same period.

Last year, Anglo American successfully bid for Scarborough-based Sirius Minerals, which is aiming to mine polyhalite, for use in the production of fertiliser, from its site at Sneaton, near Whitby."

The global mining giant said integration activities have progressed well and the development of the project continues, with total capital expenditure of $292m incurred by Anglo American during 2020.

By the end of December, the excavation of the conveyor tunnel had reached almost 12km and continues to progress well, Anglo American added.

The first shaft-boring machine has been assembled within the service shaft and is being commissioned at the mine head. While the firm said it had made good progress on the production shaft.

The impact of Covid-19 on the project's development has been limited to date with Anglo American implementing appropriate health measures.

The mining project aims to extract polyhalite from a mile below the North York Moors to use as fertiliser.

Speaking of the results, Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American, said: "In 2020 we saw much of the world tested to its limits by Covid-19.

"I am immensely proud of how our team of more than 95,000 people across Anglo American pulled together to do what's right for each other, for our many stakeholders across society and the business. We showed considerable speed and agility to help keep people and communities safe while supporting business continuity."

""Making sure every employee returns home safely at the end of each day drives our thinking and behaviours and it is with this mindset that we achieved our best ever safety performance.

"However, it remains our most pressing challenge that we still experience serious and fatal safety incidents.

"In 2020, and after eight fatality-free months at our managed operations, two people lost their lives at work, one in each of our PGMs and thermal coal businesses.

"While we have made such progress, we can never say we have had a good year unless we have zero fatal incidents.""


"Did Boris Johnson watch too many episodes of The Clangers in his early years? He seems to want to compete with them for the number of holes he can dig in his part of the planet. And for the number of clangers he commits...

"I confidently expect his next scheme will be to fill in and pave over the entire Irish Sea."


"He was later muted for referring to devolution in the motion which solely referred to the merger rumours, causing an exchange which led to the meeting being briefly adjourned."



Keeps digging.

Anglo Whitby Woodsmith

Local Liaison Group docs; Construction Progress Presentation & those quiet things.






It's all John Elton's fault ;-0


"Member of the public asked if the TBM was continuing past Lockwood Beck.-MPo responded that it would"


Pennsylvania... a member of the British Tunnelling Society...

"At Lockwood Beck, works were well underway on the updated plans for an intermediate shaft. Since October, works had been focused on-preparing the site for the shaft sinking, which would be done using a method called ‘blind boring’."


"The Blind shaft boring method is a mechanised process of excavating large diameter vertical shafts downward from the surface.It is a rotary drilling technique eliminating any requirement for personnel to enter the shaft or access underground workings during drilling and lining phases. Excavated material is delivered to surface carried by a flow of circulating fluid through the centre of drill rods.The drill assembly is suspended from a large A-frame rig and powerful winch at ground level providing vertical thrust to a hard rock cutterhead."



"The 5m finished diameter (6.2m drilled) shaft reaches a final drilled depth of 517m, the deepest, fully lined blind bored vent shaft to date in Australia."

Someone's telling fibs ... cos thats only a third of the way down ...



Moving swiftly on ..

"HK reported that she had continued to attend parish council meetings and that the Skills4Workteam had re-started their work in the villages around the site. This included gardening and maintenance works at Sleights churchyard, as well as the sports field. The team had also undertaken regular litter picking on the lanes around the villages."



"Member of the public asked when the outcome of Anglo American’s technical review would be completed and reported.- GE responded that he was not sure, but that he did not anticipate any significant changes to the project."

How disappointing.

I thought it was quite exciting mesen ;-)


Dig Slowly ... Slowly...

Nothing else to say really.... nothing printable anyhoos.

Other than they seem to have a leadership problem...

Best not mention contractor retention.


Keep Busy.

Someones got to be running the **** show 


One must not assume.


Thank **** for Rita Ora.

Best not mention Lycra.


With Warmth & Depth


Pssst :


Dear Fat Tuesday ....

I'll be Back.


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How Inconvenient

"Anglo American has welcomed a new intake of 15 apprentices to its Woodsmith Project, as the company continues its push to build a locally-sourced and trained workforce.

Over 500 applications were received for this year’s apprenticeship programme with 50 people invited to an assessment day. The 15 young people taken on raises the number of apprentices on the workforce to 29."


"All of those selected live locally to the project, with 6 from in and around Whitby, 8 from Teesside, and 1 from Scarborough."

"The average age of this year’s apprentices is 19, with the majority joining straight from school, though it includes some more experienced candidates and those with higher education qualifications."

"Anglo American’s Advanced Engineering Technician apprenticeship programme aims to recruit and train around 50 apprentices over the coming years.  The four-year year level 3 BTEC engineering course is run in partnership with the Teesside based TTE Technical, part of Middlesbrough College Group. The first two years are based at TTE and focus on developing knowledge of electrical, mechanical and instrumentation engineering principles and putting these into practice. The remaining two years see the apprentices undertake work-based learning at one of the Woodsmith Project sites.  Anglo American will also support them to gain additional qualifications, including a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

Gareth [Williams] added :

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for any young person,”. 

“As a British mining engineer myself, I feel privileged and honoured to be helping to train up the next generation of engineers as we continue the construction of this world class mine.”

The Woodsmith Project currently employs 1300 people in Scarborough, Whitby and Teesside.  It involves digging two 1 mile deep mine shafts at Woodsmith Mine near the village of Sneaton near Whitby, and a 23 mile transportation tunnel to a processing facility and port on Teesside.  Most of the surface infrastructure at Woodsmith Mine is being built underground and the site landscaped to minimise the visual impact on the surrounding countryside.  It will mine a giant deposit of the mineral polyhalite, which will be sold as a natural, low carbon environmentally friendly fertiliser.

Future recruitment programmes will open for applicants around the turn of the year."

Grrr ...


It would appear they have been having a few light bulb moments...


Tollolol ...




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Horse Radish Sauce

"A shortfall of fertiliser could mean crop yields are weaker -- leading to less produce in the shops.

That would be another blow to struggling supply chains, and could push prices higher."



Oh Dear ...

"Global Justice Now campaigners say that the UK is a hub for the international arbitration system and that all, but two of the top 30 law firms, involved in the lucrative industry have offices in London.

Protestors are planning to gather outside these law and energy firms on Friday.

A spokesperson for Rockhopper told Sky News: "The Energy Charter Treaty is designed to provide a stable platform for energy sector investments. The Italian government issued licences and encouraged significant investment in oil and gas exploration, based on this platform."





Just checking me dairy...

The Organic.

Multum in Parvo

"Trailblazers are making guest appearances at this month’s Scarborough Science and Engineering Week – an event which they attended as young students.

Scarborough Science and Engineering Week 2021 is taking place October 12-14 2021 at Scarborough Spa.

The 12th anniversary event is expected to attract more than 2,000 young people, aged from seven to 19 from schools across the coast and beyond.

This year those attending the event will get the opportunity to hear from former students who have gone on to have success in the fields of science and engineering."




Project Blue Book...

'Identify Yourself'

"Mark Cutifani visited the mine and the companies Scarborough offices last week, he says the project will have an impact on global land use....  he expects Whitby's Woodsmith Mine to bring benefits to the local area for years to come.  He says the mine will deliver a range of benefits over the lifetime of the project.

"The Woodsmith Project involves digging two 1 mile deep mine shafts at Woodsmith Mine near the village of Sneaton near Whitby, and a 23 mile transportation tunnel to a processing facility and port on Teesside.  In a world first, most of the surface infrastructure at Woodsmith Mine is being built underground and the site landscaped to minimise the visual impact on the surrounding countryside.  It will mine a giant deposit of the mineral polyhalite, which will be sold as a natural, low carbon environmentally friendly fertiliser. 1,300 people are now employed full time in the construction of the project, up from 1,000 at the end of last year."


Absolutely fantastic news that the CEO of Anglo have made statements that they intend to complete the mine.




""Grants could be used for a wide range of projects, for example, to reduce the carbon footprint of a building, organisation or community; for a communal electric car-charging point; to raise awareness about climate change; or to train the next generation of electric vehicle mechanics."



“Doubtless, people will have plenty of other ideas. We can all play a part in looking after the world we love.”"

I never mentioned Elfs once...


Port Side.

"So far the company has excavated about two-thirds of the 23-mile long tunne..."


Best not mention Argonauts...

and "will step down from the Board at Anglo American's next Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April 2022, having both served for nine years."