Mining

  1. Local group takes over lead mines that created community

    A historic former lead mine near Alston has been given to a local conservation group.

    Nenthead mine

    Nenthead Mines, most of which is classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, now belongs to the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society.

    Cumbria County Council transferred ownership, to allow the group to preserve and manage the site.

    Pete Jackson chairs the trustees of the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society, and says they have big plans for the future.

    Quote Message: Our aims in life are to educate everybody about the historic value of Nenthead mines, why it's there, the fact that all the people who used to live in Alston hundreds of years ago were miners and made the place what it is now.
    Quote Message: Conserve the buildings, protect it, there are rare plants, there's interesting geology and there's a whole network of miles and miles of tunnels under the ground." from Pete Jackson
    Pete Jackson
  2. Banks will not challenge ruling on coastal opencast

    Banks Mining has confirmed that it will not be seeking to challenge the government’s rejection of its Highthorn surface mine planning application in Northumberland.

    Last month, more than two and a half years after an independent, government-appointed planning inspector recommended that the Northumberland scheme should go ahead, Banks was informed the secretary of state Robert Jenrick had ruled against its plans.

    Site of proposed opencast
    Quote Message: Having carefully considered the Secretary of State’s purely political and deeply disappointing decision to reject our Highthorn planning application, we have concluded that issuing a challenge to it would not be the right course of action.
    Quote Message: This has been a difficult conclusion for us to reach as we are hugely proud of the exemplary work of our highly-skilled team, know that there will be substantial domestic demand for these minerals for many years to come and are only too aware of the impact that the Secretary of State’s misguided decision will have on many lives and businesses across our region." from Gavin Styles Banks Mining
    Gavin StylesBanks Mining

    Banks has reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing the proposed Dewley Hill surface mine to the west of Newcastle, which is expected to come before the City Council’s planning committee before the end of the year.

  3. Gold miner pays out in Tanzania

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    The deal to end a long-running dispute between Tanzania and the Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold is paying off for the East African country.

    Twiga Minerals, a joint venture between the two, has paid its first dividend, bringing much needed revenue to the nation.

    Twiga Minerals Corporation, which is a 50-50 partnership between the Tanzanian government and Barrick Gold has paid a maiden interim cash dividend of $250m (£190m) to its shareholders.

    Barrick says the pay-out underlines its commitment to generate value for all stakeholders through the partnership.

    For several years gold production suffered disruption in Tanzania, as the government was at loggerheads with Acacia Mining over an unpaid tax bill.

    Last year, when Barrick took full control of Acacia, it set about finding a resolution to the tax dispute, which has reinvigorated gold mining in Tanzania, just as the price of gold surged.

    Gold is in favour with investors who are seeking a safe haven, amid the global economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Since Barrick took over Acacia Mining’s assets in Tanzania last year, it has paid approximately $205m to the government in taxes, royalties and dividends.

  4. The environmental cost of recovery

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    Video caption: Can India balance growth with protection of its environment?
  5. Fundraising for miners' memorial reaches £80k

    A campaign to get a national memorial paying tribute to miners is "well on the way" to its target, supporters say.

    An artist's impression shows how the memorial may look

    Chase Arts for Public Spaces (Chaps) began fundraising after being given permission to build the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum last year.

    The group says it needs to raise £100,000 and from having £20,000 in July, the fund now stand at £80,000, including a £20,000 donation from the National Union of Mineworkers.

    Sponsors have also been found for 20 of the 22 plaques in the memorial's design.

    Chaps hopes the National Miners' Memorial will be unveiled next June or July at the Alrewas site.

  6. Hundreds of jobs created at North Yorkshire potash mine

    Two hundred jobs are being created by a company developing a huge potash mine in North Yorkshire.

    Whitby mine

    Anglo American Crop Nutrients is sinking two major mineshafts to access deposits of polyhalite ore a mile deep at its Woodsmith mine near Whitby.

    Once processed it will be sold globally to farmers as a natural fertiliser.

    The roles include specialist engineers to non-specialist construction workers and the firm said it hoped as many jobs as possible would go to local people.

    Sirius Minerals, the firm who who previously ran the mine, was taken over by Anglo American in March 2020.

    The firm said the roles would become available in stages over the coming months and would include jobs working directly for Anglo American and construction contractors.

    Anglo American is sinking two shafts to access the polyhalite ore that lies over a mile beneath the surface using large boring machines.

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    Video caption: Zimbabwe: Africa’s first mine where workforce is made up entirely of women

    Zimbaqua mine is the first mine in Africa where the workforce is made up entirely of women.