Mine naming ceremony

The “Woodsmith Mine” name was unveiled on 24 February by Andrew Percy MP, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse.

The Woodsmith Mine has been named after two of the original geologists that worked on the Sirius project, Mr Peter Woods and Dr Frederick Smith. Both have extensive knowledge of the local geology and were the first people in the area to work with Chris Fraser, the project founder. Read more about the men behind the inspiration for the Woodsmith name using the link on the right.

Speaking at the plaque unveiling ceremony at the entrance to the Woodsmith Mine, Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said:

“Today marks an important step for Sirius Minerals’ North Yorkshire mining project, which is a real vote of confidence in the economic potential of the Northern Powerhouse.The Woodsmith Mine has the potential to create over a thousand jobs and generate billions of pounds of exports for the region, and so I’m excited to see it progress.”

Chris Fraser, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Minerals, commented:

“Without Rick and Peter’s commitment there wouldn’t be a Project and their extensive knowledge of, and passion for, the geology has been invaluable. They share the combination of being dedicated professionals and genuinely decent people, so I could not think of a more fitting way to recognise their immense contribution to the Project and all the benefits it has and will continue to deliver. The name also implies an element of rural craftsmanship that befits both the mine’s location and our teams’ innovation and painstaking diligence towards this important project”, he added.

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