The barite mine at Duntanlich will deliver a considerable number of benefits to both the local area and nationally.
The Duntanlich mine could provide skilled employment for around 30 people, mainly drawn from the local community which is largely reliant on tourism and forestry for employment.
There could also be indirect employment opportunities for local suppliers and contractors in transportation, site maintenance and other support requirements.
Barite ore from the mine will be crushed as part of the mine operation and trucked to the M-I SWACO milling operation in Aberdeen. It is then shipped from Pocra Quay to oil and gas rigs in the northern sector of the North Sea.
Barite is also shipped – roughly once a month – from Perth Harbour to the M-I SWACO milling operation in Great Yarmouth and then despatched onwards to oil and gas rigs in the southern sector of the North Sea.
The Duntanlich mine will also ensure that the M-I SWACO milling and oil rig service operations in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth are maintained.
The increase in annual tonnage when compared with Foss will generate considerable economic benefits for local hauliers and Perth Harbour Authority.
As with Foss it is also anticipated that there will be some tourism potential at the Duntanlich operation.
Skilled employment potentially for around 30 people at the Duntanlich mine, mainly drawn from the local area
There is direct access to the mine development from the road network at a point close to the A9. This means that there will be no barite carrying heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) going through settlements.
A 13.9km access track takes barite ore from the mine to the transfer site for crushing and storage, with a dedicated haul road of 1.3km taking it to a modern section of the A827. This is less than 1km from the A9 Ballinluig junction.
Traffic and therefore environmental impacts will be minimised as the proposed routing for the HGVs removes the current Foss mine traffic from over 33km of the Tay Valley. This therefore bypasses villages, other settlements and minor roads.
The full permitted production will generate an average of 17 HGV movements a day (each way) into and out of the mine development from the road network. However, current market conditions suggest initial output will be somewhat less than this. Personnel transport and suppliers will add around 6 light vehicle movements to this. These will operate from 0700 to 1900 Monday to Friday.
Road haulage is via Perth and Dundee to the M-I SWACO milling operation in Aberdeen, as well as to Perth Harbour where it is taken by boat to the M-I SWACO milling operation in Great Yarmouth.
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Security of supply
The mine at Duntanlich could ensure that the UK is self-sufficient in barite, providing an indigenous and secure long-term source.
It will enable the continued supply of the mineral for the economically important production of UK North Sea oil and gas and also reduce the carbon footprint of the mineral through not having to import it, decreasing critical dependency on foreign sources.
Considerable attention has been paid to minimise the environmental impact of the project both on a local scale and in the surrounding area.
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