6 June 2018
We recently secured planning permission for a rare earth mineral refinery at Wilton International in Teesside. Set to process ore concentrate from one of the world’s largest and highest grade deposits in Tanzania, the facility will attract investment for the area and up to 140 jobs when fully operational.
Peak Resources’ £100m refinery will be the first of its kind in the UK and Europe to produce refined rare earth products. These are core ingredients for manufacturing magnets used in high-efficiency electric motors and generators that enable low-carbon technologies (e.g. wind energy and e-mobility).
Over the last 18 months, our Waste & Resource Management team has coordinated the planning application and compiled a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This was further supported by our colleagues in ecology, landscape, highways, heritage, water resources, geo-environment, and Noise, Air, Light and Odour (NALO).
The team facilitated an inclusive consultation process with local community stakeholders and has also submitted an Environmental Permit application on behalf of the client.
Clive Saul, Associate at WYG, commented on the development: “The planning application was processed very efficiently by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The general lack of objection is indicative of the real support the project has received from both the local community and government.”
Selena Gaskarth, Principal Consultant at WYG, added: “This plant represents a really positive progression in Peak Resources’ objective to produce its products in-house and sell directly to end-users and manufacturers worldwide.”