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Woodsmith polyhalite project, UK – update

Polyhalite produced at Anglo America's Woodsmith mine

Polyhalite produced at Anglo America's Woodsmith mine

Photo by Anglo American

24th May 2024

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
Woodsmith polyhalite project.

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
Anglo American announced in May 2024 that it will reduce capital investment from $200-million in 2025 to no capital expenditure in 2026, to support balance sheet deleveraging.

Planned Start/End Date
A feasibility study for the project is expected to be ready only by the beginning of 2025.

Latest Developments
The project is on schedule and within budget.

Anglo has been looking for partners for the project for about six months, CE Duncan Wanblad has told Reuters, reiterating the business will be one of three pillars of the revamped miner, even as work there stalls.

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

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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