EIGHT WHITBY people have been recruited to the test drilling programme currently being carried out by York Potash.
They are doing drilling work at sites near Hawsker, Ugglebarnby, Sneatonthorpe and south of the Flask Inn on the A171 on behalf of the firm which is looking to set up a potash mine between Whitby and Scarborough.
Experienced drill rig manager, Mark Dring from Whitby, has started on site and is using his expertise gained from working on major oil and gas drilling sites across the globe to help local new recruits including Nick Goodall and John Tyreman to develop their skills.
Mark says: “From my time working on projects in the North Sea to as far afield as Russia, I know that Whitby has a great reputation for producing highly-skilled drill rig operators.
“It is good to be able to return to work on a major local project and help to pass on my knowledge to the next generation.”
Samples are being taken from the cores of potash situated about a mile underground and preliminary results from the Hawsker test site have proved positive.
After a chemical analysis, results released to the stock exchange reveal a grade and thickness of polyhalite exceeding the company’s expectations.
Chris Fraser, managing director and chief executive of Sirius, York Potash’s parent company, added: “We’re delighted with these outstanding results but there is obviously still a long way to go and we’re working hard to complete the other temporary drilling sites as quickly as possible.”
“The York Potash Project is potentially one of the world’s most significant projects and we must focus on developing the best possible proposals to share with the community next year.”
More work is being done to gain a more accurate picture of the mineral resources and York Potash says it wants more information on underground geology before it develops further proposals.