From the outset, the Company has made a commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment, which we believe is demonstrated in the Project's low impact design and operational philosophy:
Protected moorland and prominent sites have been avoided in favour of a location that is away from local villages and uses the natural topography and existing woodland as screening.
The number and height of surface buildings will be limited to a minimum to reduce their visual impact. We have taken the decision to partially sink the shaft head frames below the surface. The vast majority of material excavated during construction will be retained on site. It will be landscaped and planted to ensure that surface buildings are not visible from outside the site.
All mined ore will be transported to Teesside via an underground tunnel in recognition of the sensitivity of the area and the lack of suitable road and rail infrastructure.
All of the mined polyhalite will be granulated at Teesside to minimise the industrial footprint inside the National Park.
Every tonne of polyhalite mined is product. To produce POLY4 involves a simple granulation process which does not require chemical processing and has no waste products. The estimated value of the global warming potential (GWP) of POLY4 is 0.051 kg CO2e per kg product. This is considerably lower than other potassium source fertilizers like muriate of potash (0.13 – 0.265 kg CO2e/kg) and common sulphur source fertilizers like ammonium sulphate (0.58 kg CO2e/kg).
Significant funding through our Section 106 planning permission agreements will provide £130 million to safeguard and enhance the local landscape and offset carbon emissions. This includes a tree planting programme of over 7,000 hectares that will have a positive effect on the character and landscape of the National Park, and create more diverse wildlife habitats.
We abide by strict environmental limits which govern our activity during the construction phase and work closely with regulatory authorities to ensure that these are met. Our Construction Environmental Management Framework (CEMF) ensures that all environmental impacts during construction are managed effectively and to the standards set out in our planning permission.