As an associate of Roscoe Postle Associates working on behalf of J. P. Morgan, Future Terrains carried out an in-depth environmental and social due diligence audit of Sirius Minerals polyhalite mine under construction in the North York Moors National Park. This built on our previous E&S review work on Sirius Minerals for a private investor.
The project is one of the UK’s largest and most complicated underground mining projects of the last 100 years. It is spread across three sites connected by a 40-kilometre underground conveyor belt. The sites are: Woodsmith Mine, being constructed near Whitby; an intermediate shaft at Lockwood Beck providing access to the conveyor and a materials handling [processing] facility and harbour export facilities on Teesside.
The audit was carried out against the Equator Principles and national/ EU standards for a major international investment drive. There were several key environmental sensitivities given the scale of the project, its location and the cherished values of the national park.
In 2019, the project came under the new ownership of mining multi-national, AngloAmerican.