MISCONCEPTION: Curraghinalt will process ore from across Ireland.
FACT: Dalradian’s proposed underground gold mine and associated processing plant are designed specifically for the extraction and processing of material from onsite – and nowhere else. This has always been the case and has been communicated by the company at all times over the last number of years. The planning application clearly only relates to the processing of material from our Curraghinalt site.
Despite Dalradian’s clarity on this issue, it has been erroneously claimed, on a number of occasions, including a recent radio interview, that our proposed processing plant will take uranium ore or even zinc ore from as far afield as County Tipperary. This is clearly not the case. Dalradian has been working in Tyrone for almost a decade and the planning process for the underground mine has been ongoing since 2015. This is a long and detailed process which has involved public consultations, over 40 separate meetings with regulatory authorities and the production of a 10,000- page planning application pack involving a multitude of independent consultants.
For the past year the Department for Infrastructure and its consultees, as well as the public, have been assessing the application. Planning is a dynamic process and at this stage Dalradian is providing clarifications and answering questions. This in turn may generate new information which may require further consultations and reviews.
As it should be, this is a detailed, complex and comprehensive process. The entire premise of Dalradian’s proposal is that only material from Curraghinalt will be processed onsite. This is a project from and for County Tyrone. To restate, throughout all our discussions and consultations we have only ever talked about processing ore from Curraghinalt. This has always been the case and has not changed.There is no proposal that the Curraghinalt site will process ore from anywhere but Curraghinalt.