Miners abandon Oz in favour of Sneaton

The company proposing to construct a new potash mine near Sneaton have abandoned an operation in Australia so they can focus on their Whitby project.

Sirius Minerals has discontinued an operation in the Canning Basin of Western Australia to help it focus on its flagship York Potash Project.

“The focus of Sirius is on the flagship York Potash Project and consistent with this approach, the company has decided to discontinue studies on the Canning Basin due to the lack of prospectivity and the high carrying cost of the tenements,” said managing director Chris Fraser.

“Sirius remains committed to developing a portfolio of projects and assesses all potential projects on a balanced risk and reward basis.”

Earlier this month, Sirius revealed the proposed location of the mine head, related surface infrastructure, initial designs for these facilities near Sneaton and formally launched the onshore planning process for the mine.