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Minco continues with zinc tests on County Durham and Northumberland border
A COMPANY behind plans that could create 500 jobs by extracting zinc from Teesdale lead mining heartland has started work on the next phase of the development.
Minco is looking into building a mine on moorland on the County Durham and Northumberland border, between Allenheads, near Stanhope, and Nenthead, in Cumbria.
The company says it is carrying out more test drills, which will finish in December, and believes the development could produce up to a million tonnes of zinc every year.
John Kearney, Minco chairman and chief executive, said the company is half-way through its second drilling programme, which will reach depths of 750 metres.
He said: “The first set of results were encouraging and we believe there is significant untested potential for zinc lead, with new deposits significantly larger than any previously discovered.”
Last month, Rowan Maule, Minco's executive director, said the company was excited at the prospect of bringing mining back to the region.
He said: “It could be a world-class area, it was just that with the lead and the ratio of zinc to lead is very high.”
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