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31 May 2019

Aggregates, potash and other minerals

Official announcements about projects or comments we may make on topics of discussion within the aggregates, potash and minerals industries, can be found here. 

Update on the Minerals Licensing Round - 31st May, 2019

Following a robust stage one tender evaluation and assessment, the tender process is moving to the second and final stage.

It is expected that the second phase of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) will run from 6th June 2019 until late summer 2019. The purpose of a two stage tender process is to allow us to look separately at key aspects of an applicant’s proposals.

The Minerals Licensing Round was initiated to allow applicants to seek rights for the exploration of minerals (excluding sand and gravel) lying on or under the seabed in offshore areas of Cornwall, within the 12-nautical mile UK territorial limit. A successful applicant would be required to obtain all relevant statutory consents prior to the commencement of activities.

Update on the Minerals Licensing Round - 29th November, 2018

Following the Pre-Qualification (PQ) stage of the Minerals Licensing Round, completed over the Summer, we are now taking the process forward to the next stage.

We will now open an Invitation to Tender (ITT) in two stages. The purpose of a two stage ITT process is to allow us to look separately at key aspects of applicant’s proposals.

Stage 1 will run between the end of November 2018 and February 2019. Following the stage 1 Tender evaluation and assessment, it is expected that the Tender stage 2 will run between May and June 2019. Subject to the requirements of a plan-level Habitats Regulations Assessment, rights could be awarded at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

The Minerals Licensing Round is being undertaken to allow applicants to seek rights for the exploration of minerals (excluding sand and gravel) lying on or under the seabed in offshore areas of Cornwall within the 12-nautical mile UK territorial limit. Successful applicants would be required to obtain all relevant statutory consents prior to the commencement of activities.

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