Fertilizer Mine Gets Approval for Additional 25 Years of Site Work
THE Boulby fertilizer mine in East Cleveland is celebrating the approval of another 25 years of work at the site – even though it will cost it around £ 14million.
The decision of the North York Moors Park Authority planning committee was hailed by Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fulton as “a big step forward in securing the future of our business and our ability to continue to provide jobs and investment during many years to come ”.
Mr Fulton was speaking after the decision to approve his request to continue production of polyhalite and salt until 2048 after the current authorization expires in 2023.
As part of the approval, the company will undertake a program to improve the visual aspects of the mine, including the removal of some construction structures, and, in line with its responsibilities to the community, will support a series of measures, including almost £ 9million for landscape improvements and a contribution of almost £ 5million to tourism activities.
Mr Fulton said: “We are grateful that the Park Authority’s balanced decision provides the long-term security that will allow us to both stay at the heart of the local community, as East Cleveland’s largest employer, and build on our position as the world’s first and only polyhalite producer, which now helps meet global food needs in the UK and on all five continents.
“This decision comes at a particularly important stage in our development plans. Having withstood the worst impacts of the pandemic – and remained in business throughout – we are now dramatically improving production.
“In October, we reached our highest lift level of over 90,000 tonnes and recorded our best monthly production performance of processed polyhalite of over 80,000 tonnes.
“The last few years have been very difficult with decades of potash production transitioning to become the world leader in polyhalite. This positive decision helps put us on a solid footing for the future, which is good news for our company, our workforce and our region.
Polysulfate is naturally available and is extracted, crushed, sieved and bagged, without any other industrial process. It’s soluble, easily absorbed, and a popular crop nutrition boost, as it contains four essential plant nutrients: sulfur, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.