Sirius Minerals gets approval for final part of mine plan

The site of the mine near Whitby
The site of the mine near Whitby

Sirius Minerals (SXX) has now received all major approvals for its huge potash mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire after the government rubber-stamped development of the company's harbour facilities at Teesside.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling only took over from Patrick McLoughlin last week following new PM Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, but had to meet today's deadline for approval

"Taking into account the positive socio-economic benefits of the scheme compared with its limited and manageable environmental impacts, the proposals in the order are in conformity with the development plan and constitute sustainable development in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework," concludes the Transport department.

Managing director and chief executive Chris Fraser was understandably delighted: "Our team is currently actively engaged in the financing phase of the project and I look forward to providing further updates in due course," he said. "We are closer than ever to delivering this world-class project."

In just a few years, millions of tonnes of fertiliser will be shipped from the port after making its way from the mine via a 36.5 kilometre tunnel. The approved development consent order includes the new berth, ship loading facilities and the conveyor link to the materials handling facility at the Wilton International site.