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Sirius Minerals says tests show polyhalite will benefit commercial farming
A COMPANY wanting to open a £1.5bn mine says tests prove its potash mineral will be suitable for commercial farming.
Sirius Minerals says independent testing has shown polyhalite, which it aims to mine near Whitby, offers multi-nutritional benefits for soil.
Bosses say the product, known as polyhalite, also has no effect on soil acidities.
The tests were carried out by a number of independent bodies, including Durham University, the Société Générale de Surveillance laboratories, in France, and China's Shandong Agricultural University.
The firm says its proposed development, known as the York Potash Project, will create about 1,000 jobs.
Last week, Sirius revealed it had signed a ten-year agreement with Chinese-based Jiangsu Luling Chemical Industry Group and Huaken International to send 500,000 tonnes of polyhalite to both companies every year.
It means it now has deals in place to supply about four million tonnes of polyhalite to global customers, including sales commitments with firms in the UK, China, Africa, Europe, and South America.
Chris Fraser, Sirius Minerals' managing director and chief executive, said: “These tests demonstrate the unique benefits of polyhalite all over the world.”
The plans were delayed earlier this year when the firm asked for more time to submit proposals to the North York Moors National Park Authority and North Yorkshire County Council to address environmental concerns.
The proposals are expected to be submitted in July next year.
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