Plans submitted for Northern Ireland gold mine

Plans have been submitted for a 'regionally significant' gold mine in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

The Sperrin mountains (pic: Lindy Buckley via Flickr)
The Sperrin mountains (pic: Lindy Buckley via Flickr)

Canadian firm Dalradian Resources is behind the plans, which have been submitted to the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

According to the firm, the application was deemed "regionally significant" and therefore the decision whether to grant planning approval rests with the DfI.

The planning application seeks permission for the construction of an underground mine and associated infrastructure at the Curraghinalt gold deposit near Greencastle in the Sperrin mountains. The permission sought would allow the mine to operate for 25 years.

Patrick Anderson, Dalradian's president and chief executive officer, said that the application comprises more than 10,000 pages. He added that the development would create "at least 350 permanent direct jobs".

"I am confident our submission demonstrates that we can deliver a sensitively designed and well thought out project that will provide economic benefits to the region and solid returns to our shareholders using environmental best practices," Anderson said.

The application will now face a further round of consultation before a recommendation is made to the minister and a decision issued.

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