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How Dalradian will minimise its environmental impact

People in the Sperrins have a deep connection with the land. They have long altered this landscape to support agriculture, provide fuel and drive industry.

We take our inspiration from that symbiotic relationship. You can see it at work in our 12 years of exploration and test mining. All of our operations have been conducted with an eye to minimising our environmental impact. 

Dalradian is doing things better. Our philosophy? Landscape restoration and ecological protection begins during operations and continues long after mining has finished.

Our environmental

  • Respecting the landscape

    Respecting the landscape

    Site rehabilitation will start during operations and continue after mining has finished.
  • Dry stack facility

    Dry stack facility

    Our modern approach to disposing mine tailings is a secure solution that fits into the landscape.
  • Water protection

    Water protection

    Our operational water will be sourced onsite, recycled and treated to agreed environmental quality standards before release.
  • Innovative processing

    Innovative processing

    We plan to use a mineral recovery process so safe that it has been approved for use in a UK national park.
  • Less than 15% increase in traffic

    Less than 15% increase in traffic

    The mine will bring new traffic to local roads, but far less than you might expect. Local roads now run at 10% capacity, and will rise to 11.5% during our operations.
  • Carbon neutral

    Carbon neutral

    We are committed to ensuring zero net carbon emissions, thanks to electric vehicles, advanced machinery and a carbon offset scheme. We achieved net zero carbon neutrality to PAS 2060 standards for 2020.

Mining for minimum impact in the Sperrins

Northern Ireland has strict environmental laws when it comes to mining. Our operations will meet or exceed their requirements. We aim to leave the area as little changed as possible.

Two documents outline our plans - our Environmental Management Policy and our Closure and Rehabilitation Plan. Both envision a mine where rehabilitation begins during operations. 

All of our facilities have been designed to blend into the landscape and match local rural buildings. A tree-fringed berm will screen the view of these buildings. Our Dry Stack Facility will safeguard processed rock – pulverised to the size of sand – by creating a low ridge. We will plant it as it grows, so local plants and wildlife can colonise it faster.

Site rehabilitation time-lapse video
  • On-site, multi-stage water purification system

  • Design features that protect groundwater 

  • Sufficient capacity to withstand a 1-in-1000-year storm event

  • Recycled water used in the processing plants


Protecting Tyrone’s water supply

We treat water with great care. We have to, because the Owenkillew and Owenreagh Rivers run nearby. Both rivers provide habitat for wildlife, water for farmers all the way to Lough Neagh, and fishing grounds beloved of anglers. 

We use water in our processing operations and groundwater will collect in our tunnel. Both kinds must be treated thoroughly before being released into the environment. We use extensive water recycling to make the most of the water already on the site – both groundwater and rainwater.

Our multi-stage water purification system includes ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis technology. In real terms, that means any water discharge is the same quality as water in the surrounding environment.


The right tools for the job

We are adopting a process used elsewhere in the UK to produce a partially-refined material using purely mechanical means. This material will be sent for further refining at established processing sites elsewhere.

The first step in the process is to crush the rock. This crushing will take place underground, inside the mine. 

Gold will not be poured on site. Instead, we will produce a metallic concentrate and ship it overseas for final refinement. It’s a process that Scotland has approved for a similar mine to begin operations in a UK national park.

We will not process material from other mines.

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Net zero, no compromise

We’ve redesigned the plant to minimise emissions.

It uses conveyor belts instead of trucks, and biodiesel and electric vehicles where possible. A comprehensive carbon offset scheme catches the remaining emissions. We achieved carbon neutrality for a second year in 2020, and our plan will ensure that we do so in the years to come.

To render its carbon emissions ‘net zero’, Dalradian has chosen to support a biomass energy conservation project in Malawi, a Least Developed Country with a rapidly growing, rural population. The project aims to provide improved energy-efficient cookstoves to homes across Malawi, reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere from the burning of solid biomass. The project also has ancillary health benefits from reduced smoke during cooking and economic benefits as the stoves are locally made using local materials where possible.

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A modest increase

The new mine will add surprisingly little traffic to local roads.

Explore the data from our traffic surveys to learn how we will preserve peace and quiet in the Owenkillew and Owenreagh valleys.

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it happen

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