Sirius Minerals

Latest construction news

This section outlines the headline construction schedule over the next five years and provides more details of works that are happening now or coming soon.


  • Site preparation at Woodsmith Mine is well progressed and work has started on the shafts.

  • Geotechnical investigation works continue to be carried out at the mine site and are on schedule.

  • Site preparation works are almost complete at the intermediate shaft site at Lockwood Beck. Work on the shafts will commence in the new year.

  • The Company has been discussing revised plans to simplify the mine infrastructure with the local planning authority and has submitted a 'Section 73 application' in respect of the proposed amendments, the details of which are outlined below.

More details are available using the links to the right. Please click here for our latest quarterly update.

Moorsholm Parish Council Meeting

30 November 2017: tonight's meeting has being posponed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Seismic survey - road closures

We are conducting seismic surveys between the Dean Hall Brow and Littlebeck Bank Roads between 22 - 30 November. The road will be closed for the duration of this process (see below - in red), with a diversion in place (see below - in blue). Access for residents of the properties along the route is available as usual.

Seismic surveying is required to gather further geophysical data to support the complex design and construction of the mineral transport system. Please click this link to find out further details.

Woodsmith Mine plans simplified

Sirius Minerals has now published revised plans for the mine site. It has been discussing its proposals with the local planning authority and has submitted the required ‘Section 73 application’ in respect of the proposed amendments.

The proposed amendments will simplify construction, improve efficiency and also reduce some environmental impacts during construction. The primary amendment involves the relocation and reorientation of the approved buildings at the site above re-designed foreshafts. This will enable permanent winders to be installed from the outset, removing the need for two 45m high temporary winding towers during the five-year construction period and the requirement for an access drift.

The change will mean that the footprint of the site buildings will increase slightly, by less than 6%. Building heights will not change and the site will still be screened as before.

It is proposed to relocate some of the water attenuation ponds to the east of the site which means that trees that were going to be removed will be retained.

The application can be viewed on the North York Moors National Park Authority's website.


We will ensure that local residents, businesses, schools and other stakeholders nearby the works are notified and provided with further details before work on each site commences. This will include letters, newsletters, press releases and in some cases public exhibitions.

It is also important to us that people have the opportunity to contact us directly if they have questions or concerns about the Project. We can be contacted on our 24-hour community helpline on 0845 543 8964.

Liaison Group Forum

There are quarterly Liaison Group Forum meetings with local elected representatives that are open to members of the public to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to provide Project updates and receive community feedback. Minutes of meetings are available using the link to the right and future meetings will be publicised on this website.


Naming ceremony

Current works



Headline schedule

Completed works


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Liaison Group Forum