Duntanlich Site History

M-I Great Britain (now part of M-I SWACO) submitted a planning application to mine the deposit at Duntanlich to Perth and Kinross Council which was turned down in 1992.

An appeal by the company was dismissed by the Secretary of State in 1995 and subsequently by the Court of Session in 1996 on the grounds that the environmental disbenefits outweighed the economic benefits of that application.

View looking west towards Ben Eagagach and Farragon Hill with the proposed mine site in centre middle-ground

Revised Plans

In 2000 M-I SWACO revealed new revised plans for a mine at Duntanlich. On discussion with Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) these were considered to constitute a new application and a significant improvement on the original.

However, the issue of access onto the A9 at Pitlochry, continued availability of ore from Foss and newly available ore from Morocco resulted in the company not pursuing the project at that time.

Significant amendments have been made to these original schemes following three years of environmental studies, building on the knowledge accumulated from operating the mine at Foss and information from the previous proposals.

These include:

  • Reducing the originally proposed 200,000 tonnes to 120,000 tonnes produced per annum.
  • Reducing the surface footprint of the mine to under 1 hectare – less than a quarter that of the mine at Foss.
  • Reorientating the mine site and access route to ensure no visibility of these from the picturesque Queen’s View and minimal visibility from the surrounding area.
  • Ensuring that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) carrying barite access the road network at a point close to the A9 Ballinluig junction. This routing will bypass villages, other  settlements and minor roads as it will remove existing Foss mine traffic from over 33km of the Tay Valley.

Our proposed small mine development will therefore be carefully designed and undertaken in an environmentally sensitive manner, adhering to the highest environmental standards. See Environmental for further information.

Modelling of the Duntanlich mine site.