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Woodsmith polyhalite project, UK

Polyhalite produce at Anglo America's Woodsmith project

Photo by Anglo American

12th April 2024

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Woodsmith polyhalite project.

Location
North Yorkshire coast, south of Whitby in England, in the UK.

Project Owner/s
Anglo American.

Project Description
Woodsmith is a large-scale, long-life Tier 1 asset that is being developed to access the world’s largest-known deposit of polyhalite – a natural mineral fertiliser product containing potassium, sulphur, magnesium and calcium, which every plant needs.

Polyhalite ore will be extracted through a 1.6-km-deep mine shaft and transported to Teesside by an underground conveyor belt in a 37 km mineral transport system tunnel, thereby minimising any environmental impact on the surface. 

It will be granulated at a materials handling facility to produce a comparatively low-carbon fertiliser – known as POLY4 – that will then be exported from the port facility to a network of customers worldwide.

The project will have a final design capacity of 13-million tonnes a year.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Capital expenditure of $900-million has been approved for 2024, the bulk of which will continue to be invested in shaft sinking and tunnel boring activities.

Planned Start/End Date
The project is expected to deliver first product to market in 2027, subject to studies and approval.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Anglo American group head of corporate affairs James Wyatt-Tilby, tel +44 20 7968 8759 or email james.wyatt-tilby@angloamerican.com.
 

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

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