24 June 2014

Dawnus has begun work on a £1.7 million contract to supply and install concrete structures for the first new metal mine in the UK for 45 years.

Dawnus has been awarded the contract to construct all the concrete structures to support the new crushing and processing plant and other operational buildings at the Drakelands tungsten and tin mine at Hemerdon, near Plymouth in Devon.

Drakelands Mine is scheduled to become operational in mid-2015, and will make a significant contribution to the local economy, with annual production of 5,000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate.

The Drakelands Mine project will create about 200 direct jobs and pump hundreds of millions of pounds into the South West and UK economies over the next decade.

At the peak of the production and installation there will be approximately 50 Dawnus staff and sub-contractors, such as carpenters and steel-fixers, working on the contract.

Dawnus Regional Director Rob Williams said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to support Wolf Minerals on this major project which will provide a significant boost to the local economy and resonates with the area’s industrial heritage.”