Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Search for Tin at Sea?

news-logo.jpg
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

4:06pm 13th November 2012
(Updated 4:06pm 13th November 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt there could be a new gold rush in Cornwall - for tin.

A company has told us about plans to sift for underwater deposits off the north coast.

Marine Minerals says it would create up to a hundred new jobs.

It wants to search for waste, left over from the Duchy's historic mining industry.

Earlier this week South Crofty announced it thinks it has got deposits worth one and a half billion.

Chris Davies is from the company launching a year long study into how underwater tin deposits could be extracted without ruining the environtment. He said: "If we can get the tin onshore and process it and sell it, it's going to bring millions of pounds of investment into Cornwall. So that's why we're bothering to try to find out if we can bring the tin ashore in an environmentally and socially acceptable way.

"We're talking about up to a hundred jobs directly involved in the project. Then, of course, there are going to be jobs involved in servicing the vessels and providing the support services as well. The other important thing is these are going to be well paid, non-seasonal jobs. Just the sort of jobs Cornwall needs."

Nick Petitt is a mining geologist in Redruth. He is not surprised at the surge of interest in tin in the Duchy, as prices around the world soar. He said: "I think it's inevitable. The price of tin is such that the price of tin is inevitably going to restart in Cornwall.

"Half a percent of tin metal in your ore could be significant and enough to make you a lot of money. There's an awful lot of deposits in Cornwall that carry that amount of tin.

"Modern mining likes to be on a very large scale. Cornish mining tended to be on a much smaller scale. Modern mining will be much, much larger - more like china clay. I think it's inevitably going to start and, I would say, in the next five years."

4:06pm 13th November 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
missing celeste

UPDATE: Search Party For Missing Teenager

Celeste Smith from Saltash vanished on Tuesday

missing plymouth man

UPDATE: Missing Man Sparks Major Air & Sea Search

Arkadiusz Sienkicwicz has been found in Plymouth

Most read
original factory shop bodmin

Suspected 'Ram-Raid' In Bodmin

Police say £900 worth of goods was stolen

tregadillet a30

UPDATE: Crash Closes A30 Near Launceston

A car rolled over just before the morning rush

Top articles

Cornwall Council Tax Rise Approved

Cornwall News: Residents will see a 4% increase on their bill

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Killer Shaun Walmsley sprung from custody in Liverpool

National News: A convicted killer has escaped from custody after two men launched an armed attack on prison officers in Liverpool.

VIDEO: Cats Die From 'Anti-Freeze Poisoning'

Cornwall News: Vets warn others are missing in Camborne and Redruth

Win £50 Of Shoe Vouchers At 3.05pm Today

Sponsored: Tap, listen and win your perfect pair!

David Cassidy reveals he has dementia after forgetting songs

Showbiz News: Former teen idol David Cassidy has revealed he has dementia, after forgetting the words to his own songs during concerts last weekend.

Three held in anti-terror raids across France

World News: Three men have been arrested in France by anti-terror police.

British Cycling 'may have crossed ethical lines' - UK Sport Chairman

Sports News: British Cycling may have crossed ethical lines in its treatment of athletes in the past, according to the chairman of UK Sport Rod Carr.

Newspaper apologises after using Baldwin SNL photo instead of Trump

Strange News: A newspaper in the Dominican Republic has had to apologise to readers after it mistakenly used a photo of Alec Baldwin impersonating Donald Trump instead of the US President himself.

Newer article

Weekend Rugby Round Up

Cornwall News: The Cornish Pirates, Launceston and Redruth are all in action on Saturday

Older article

Four Thousand Homes Standing Empty in Cornwall

Cornwall News: Loan plan to bring them back into use as 27,000 wait for a place to live in the Duchy

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.