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First train arrives for Sirius Minerals project

AV Dawson's Teesside freight terminal

AV Dawson start to receive aggregates for £2.4 billion polyhalite mine construction project

THE first freight train of material for the construction of a new polyhalite mine in North Yorkshire has arrived in Teesside.

The train, which was carrying some of the aggregates needed for the project arrived at logistics experts AV Dawson’s Teesside freight terminal, where it was unloaded for onward delivery by road to the site.

The £2.4 billion Sirius Minerals project includes the construction of the recently named Woodsmith Mine, near Whitby, and a 23-mile tunnel to transport the mined ore to processing and harbour facilities on Teesside.

Sirius Minerals, the company behind the project, have almost completed highways works to improve access to the mine, with construction at the site set to start imminently ready for the mine’s planned opening in 2021.

The project will create around 2,000 construction jobs and more than 1,000 jobs at the mine once fully operational.

AV Dawson are providing their logistics expertise and local knowledge to support Sirius Minerals and several contractors involved in the construction of the facility, which, at full production, is forecast to produce 20 million tonnes of polyhalite per year – generating £2.5 billion in exports and contributing £2.3 billion to UK GDP.

Neil McShane, AV Dawson’s rail manager, said: ‘Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aggregates are needed for a project of this size. With these volumes we’re keen to promote rail wherever we can for the increased efficiencies and environmental benefits it can provide.

‘We’ve been in discussion with the various teams involved in this project for a while now. It’s really exciting to see this first train bringing aggregates into our rail terminal in preparation for the start of construction when this incredible project for the region actually becomes a reality.  

‘We’re on hand to support the project in a number of ways, including rail and road haulage, importing material through our quayside and also providing a stockpiling facility to allow Sirius to better manage supply of aggregate by road to the site.’

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