One of my longer and more problematic projects has been Sirius Minerals. What began as a copper and gold mining exploration firm turned into one of the biggest potash firms, and the first non-hydrocarbon mine in the UK in over half a century. As I’ve remarked to friends, if oil & gas run out we wind up cycling, but if the potash runs out we move from 7 billion people to 1 billion people in less than two years. Hmmm.
Planning permission has been the key to success. Having been one of the founders, along with Richard Poulden and Jonathan Harrison, back in 2005, I was delighted to see planning permission finally approved.
FT Coverage – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a70a4568-1f4f-11e5-ab0f-6bb9974f25d0.html
Guardian Coverage – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/30/north-york-moors-potash-mine-gets-17bn-go-ahead
It’s an exciting, interesting (not least being a two century export supply for all of Europe and having a 37 km transportation tunnel to Teeside), and potentially highly-profitable project with which I’m proud to have been associated. Interesting that it becomes successful alongside another decade long project at Barts (see next). The pigeons may take a long time to come home to roost, but they do home in.