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About Dalradian

Local knowledge.
Global expertise.

We’re a mineral exploration and development company. We’ve been working on the Curraghinalt gold deposit in West Tyrone, Northern Ireland, since late 2009. We’ve done a lot in that time.

We’re a mineral exploration and development company. We’ve been working on the Curraghinalt gold deposit in West Tyrone, Northern Ireland, since late 2009. We’ve done a lot in that time.

We’ve explored the area to understand the size and quality of the deposit, carried out engineering studies to gauge what is required to get it out, and economic studies to see how much it will cost.

We have also carried out extensive environmental studies to understand the local conditions and inform our plans to minimise our impact. These studies form the basis of our environmental monitoring programme, which will continue throughout the life of the mine and after its closure.

Our name invokes the Dalradian Supergroup, a geological structure that stretches from the Atlantic Coast of Donegal to the east coast of Scotland. The Sperrins is an outcrop of this supergroup, as are the Grampian Mountains in the Scottish Highlands. The geologists who first identified this structure in the 19th century adapted the name from a medieval Gaelic kingdom that once straddled the North Passage – Dál Riata.

Our team combines the local knowledge of geologists, environmental scientists, administrators and community workers from Northern Ireland with mine engineering and finance experience from Canada – a mature mining economy.

In November 2017, we submitted a planning application to Northern Ireland's Department for Infrastructure (DfI), requesting permission to build an underground mine. You can view the application at the Planning NI website using reference number LA10/2017/1249/F.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

We take our responsibilities seriously. We have an obligation to ensure that the local community benefits from the mine. First and foremost, our operations adhere to high health, safety and environmental standards. We promote health and safety as a core value of our corporate culture, and hold all our staff and contractors accountable for our performance.

We’ve also created the Tyrone Fund. It’s just one way of giving back to local people. So far, we have distributed over £800,000 in grants to over 400 local community groups.

Their work has helped to protect the local freshwater pearl mussel, reach out to older people in isolated parts of the countryside, and support the learning of local kids. We are also investing in the future of Tyrone’s young people in collaboration with South West College. Our goal is to train local school leavers and provide a firm foundation for their future careers.

Corporate Social
Responsibility

  • The Tyrone Fund

    The Tyrone Fund

    Dalradian has distributed £800,000 to local community groups. We have set aside an additional £4 million, subject to planning approval, to cover our projected 20-year mine life.
  • Freshwater pearl mussel

    Freshwater pearl mussel

    Our funding helped to protect the Owenkillew River and the local freshwater pearl mussel that calls it home.
  • Community Development Association

    Community Development Association

    Our support helped the local Community Development Association to build an Enviro Shed, a place for local groups to learn about the Sperrins’ unique ecology.
  • Community Response

    Community Response

    We have provided over 7000 litres of sanitiser to health centres, care homes and other frontline organisations to help during COVID-19.
  • Bursaries to South West College

    Bursaries to South West College

    Our annual bursaries support students who show a flair for entrepreneurship to continue their studies at South West College in Omagh.
  • New road surfaces

    New road surfaces

    Local roads were upgraded, with our support.

Health & Safety

Health and safety is at the core of our corporate culture. We believe that no task, however important or pressing, should be carried out in an unsafe way.

We hold all our employees and contractors accountable for their health and safety performance and aim to exceed the relevant legislation, laws and international guidelines. Health and safety is built into our plans and designs. We provide the right information, training and supervision for everyone who works on the site, and support them with the resources and equipment to manage health and safety risks.

  • A zero-harm target

  • Regular task observation and risk assessments

  • A system to report, manage, learn from injuries, illnesses and near misses

  • A set of health & safety key performance indicators

  • Systems for workforce participation in health & safety policy-making

Investors in People

Investors in People

Over the past 10 years, Dalradian has become part of the community.

We are committed to developing the skills of local people. Our training programmes have:

  • Provided over 15,000 hours of training to our employees over the past five years.

  • Provided internships for 35 young people to experience the mining business first hand.

  • Developing programmes in collaboration with South West College – a partnership that will continue throughout the life of the mine.

Leadership

Dalradian combines the local knowledge of geologists, environmental scientists, administrators and community workers from Northern Ireland with the mine engineering and finance expertise of our leaders from Canada.

We are controlled by a private investment fund managed by Orion Resource Partners, a global alternative investment management firm with approximately $6 billion under management, much of it from US based institutions.

Orion specialises in institutional metals and mining investment strategies in the base and precious metals space. Their private equity, hedge fund and merchant services divisions enable them to access in-depth knowledge of the global metals and mining supply chain.

Join our team

We want to hit the ground running when the project receives planning permission.

We will need a host of local people to help us get going.

Your support matters

Support our plans to create jobs, strengthen the local community and respect the environment. The Department for Infrastructure will take your views into account. Help make our plans a reality.

Your letter of support will be sent directly to the Department for Infrastructure. Dalradian will not see your letter, nor any of your details.

Great things can happen with your support

Support our plans to create jobs, strengthen the local community and respect the environment. The Department for Infrastructure will take your views into account. Help make our plans a reality.

Customise a letter of support in two simple steps:

Provide your personal details

This will signal your support to the Department for Infrastructure. You can choose to keep these details private.

Tell the Department for Infrastructure why you support the project

Please tick all the elements you like about the proposed project.

Dalradian will not see your letter, nor any of your details. Your letter of support will be sent directly to the Department for Infrastructure