North Pennines zinc mine could create 500 jobs

North Pennines zinc mine could create 500 jobs

Plans for a brand new mining operation in the north of England have been revealed, after a huge amount of zinc was found in the area. Millions of pounds worth of the precious material have been discovered below the North Pennines, and Canadian-based firm Minco has wasted no time in making predictions that up to one million tonnes of ore could be extracted each year. Minco has already invested in the region of £500,000 into its work in the North Pennines, where it has been allowed to test drill on land close to the border of County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland. The firm believes its results are "very promising" and they may now be used to justify further mining in the area. To date, five boreholes, each about 500 metres deep, have been dug in the hunt for lead, but it is the discovery of zinc that has now hit the headlines. Rowan Maule, executive director of Minco, told the BBC: "We believe that this could be a world-class deposit. There is still a lot of work to do, which would involve a lot more drilling over several years, but the potential here is massive. There could easily be, in five or six years from now, a major mine developed, should we be able to go through all the planning processes." Mr Maule went on to suggest that up to 500 mining jobs could be created at the site if a new mine is to be created and the extraction of zinc is to become a full-time pursuit. However, Minco will first go through a 12-month exploration programme to learn more about the area it is testing. The efforts are currently being concentrated on an area near Allenheads in Northumberland and another site close to Nenthead in Cumbria. It could be a good time for young people in the north-east to consider a career in the mining industry, with projects as large and profitable as this in the pipeline.

Please rate

Comments 

Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

Ten highest paying I.T jobs in 2019

Ten highest paying I.T jobs in 2019

The I.T industry is arguably the most in-demand industry for technology/Engineering professionals. Once you have the right skill and certification, the I.T industry will jump at the chance to employ you and grant you a befitting role. From application developers to Data Engineers, the sector is in

H2S: It’s an exciting time to be a civil engineer

H2S: It’s an exciting time to be a civil engineer

The High Speed Two (H2S) has been described as a game-changer and the greatest ever upgrade to Britain's railways, and without doubt, this United Kingdom’s high-speed rail project has been a hot topic. The H2S project aims to meet the United Kingdom’s high

The future of engineering in Artificial Intelligence

The future of engineering in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an aspect of computer science that is concerned with machine intelligence. Machine intelligence can be described as the theory and development of computer systems to have the capacity to carry out tasks that would ordinarily require human input or intelligence. Some

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.