Sirius Minerals

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Sirius Minerals plc
Traded as LSESXX
Founded 2003
Key people
Russell Scrimshaw (chairman)
Chris Fraser (CEO)
Revenue £nil (2016)[1]
£(11.9) million (2016)[1]
£(23.0) million (2016)[1]
Proposed mine, mineral transport system and Teesside plant[2]
Project area of interest[3]

Sirius Minerals plc is a fertilizer development company based in the United Kingdom. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


Founded in 2003, the company initially focused on exploring the potential for potash mining in North Dakota.[4] However, after abandoning attempts at overseas exploration in February 2012[4] and following approval from the North York Moors National Park Authority in June 2015,[5] the then AIM-listed company stated that it would seek financing in order to begin construction at the Woodsmith Mine in North Yorkshire.[6] It was admitted to the main market in April 2017.[7]


The Company’s stated focus is the development of its North Yorkshire polyhalite project[8] which aims to exploit the world’s largest deposit of polyhalite, a type of potash.[9] The company plans to create a mine three miles south of Whitby[10] and an underground conveyor system to transport the mineral from the mine site to a materials handling facility at Teesside, 36 km (22 mi) away.[2] The area of interest is located on the Yorkshire coast, mostly within the North York Moors National Park. The mineral seam lies 1,500 metres below the surface,[6] covering an area of approximately 796 square kilometers (around 271 square kilometers onshore and 535 square kilometers offshore).[8]

The company announced the material findings of the project's definitive feasibility study on 17 March 2016. In summary it proposes a framework for production capacity of 20 million tonnes per annum ("Mtpa") with initial installed capacity of 10Mtpa. This will deliver a £2.3 billion annual contribution to the UK's GDP, £2.5 billion of annual exports which represents a 7% decrease in the UK's trade deficit and 2,500 direct and indirect production jobs as well as over 2,000 jobs during construction.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Prospectus" (PDF). Sirius Minerals. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "North York Moors potash mine gets £1.7bn go-ahead". The Guardian. 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "York Potash jobs: How to register interest for thousands of roles at £2bn mine". Teesside Gazette. 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "ND potash deposits not as promising as thought". Bismark Tribune. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sirius Minerals gets go ahead for potash mine in Yorkshire Moors". Financial Times. 30 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Stars are aligning for Sirius". The Times. 23 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Is Sirius Minerals plc's 50% rally set to continue?". Motley Fool. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Sirius Minerals Plc: Business Profile". Financial Times. 20 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chinese sign up for 500,000 tonnes of fertiliser from North Yorks potash mine". The Daily Telegraph. 24 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sirius confirms North Yorkshire potash mine location". BBC News. 3 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "DFS defines world-class fertilizer business". Investis. 17 March 2016. 

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