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29 November 2018

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

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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