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highpeak

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Deep shaft required
Posted: 26/08/2019 08:23:02
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Does anyone know of an open shaft at least 250mtrs deep (good condition) 2.5mtrs diameter, good access,likely to get permission, ideally near the national grid, where a test rig could be installed, for a power generation contraption involving a heavy weight.

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Posted: 26/08/2019 10:40:13
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250m is a hell of an ask for a shaft that ticks all the other boxes. Take it you want it dry too?


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Posted: 26/08/2019 11:02:34
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I think we've been here before............

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The Fresh Prince of Portreath

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Posted: 26/08/2019 11:14:04
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Billingham Anhydrite Mine?
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DaveM

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Posted: 26/08/2019 14:30:42
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I think only coal shafts would be deep enough but the Coal Authority has a policy of backfilling any disused shafts. Even Hatfield colliery, only recently abandoned has had its shafts filled in already I believe. IP: 92.26.14.82
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Posted: 26/08/2019 14:52:11
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The obvious one around here is the Morris Shaft; 900 ft approx. (~300m), within spitting distance of National Grid infrastructure from Wylfa. There is power to the site, the shaft is in good condition having been sunk in 1989 and it even comes with an in-situ head frame and winding house:



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The owners, Anglesey Mining are here:

http://www.angleseymining.co.uk/

They need all the help they can get:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/anglesey-mining-owner-parys-mountain-5456937


Going seriously Off Topic for a minute....


Is it all a big con? Read on and then decide:

http://www.gordonbowden.co.uk/when-is-a-mine-not-a-mine/

They have no intention of carrying out any mining in the near future so they could be interested! Laugh

Remember me when you make your first £million Thumb Up


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Posted: 26/08/2019 20:28:24
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Williams Shaft at Dolcoath is pretty close in terms of depth to water, but is much larger diameter (5.5m diameter), 11kv is available net to the site, 33kv within 500m and 132kv within 2000m. IP: 217.42.103.171
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Posted: 27/08/2019 06:56:36
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Any idea who owns Williams shaft
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Posted: 27/08/2019 07:53:15
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:

Billingham Anhydrite Mine?


Seems to fit your criteria.

A company called NPL Estates inspected it about 10 years ago but it looks like their plans came to nothing.

White Young Green report ‘Inspection of the Billingham Anhydrite
Mine September 2007’ commissioned by ICI and NPL Estates. The summarised conclusion of that
report is “The mine shows no significant change”.

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery/billingham-anhydrite-mine-3576737
IP: 2.219.177.224 Edited: 27/08/2019 07:54:31 by christwigg
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Posted: 27/08/2019 14:14:22
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Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....

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Posted: 27/08/2019 17:26:22
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AR wrote:

Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....


As a lover of old trucks and cranes....wow! Priapic! Laugh



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Posted: 27/08/2019 19:51:37
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Western United Mines/Cornwall Council IP: 217.42.103.171
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Posted: 27/08/2019 20:40:31
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sinker wrote:

AR wrote:

Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....


As a lover of old trucks and cranes....wow! Priapic! Laugh


SES were the contractor providing access and Nick Hardie was Manager appointed for the job. Grey overalls, photo 9.
Apparently, it really was as Marie Celeste as it looks!
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Posted: 28/08/2019 00:33:03
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If it's anhydrite, it would be quite a dry dream. IP: 86.160.64.109
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Posted: 28/08/2019 08:15:30
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AR wrote:

Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....


It's some bloody pitch!
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Posted: 28/08/2019 08:18:53
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I wonder if I could blag a trip with my work hat on. IP: 194.53.186.67
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Posted: 28/08/2019 08:32:49
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:

I wonder if I could blag a trip with my work hat on.


Well give the locals a shout if you do !

I got in touch with the company 10 years ago, but nowt came of their plans to reopen it.
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DaveM

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Posted: 28/08/2019 18:33:02
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Billingham mine is totally inaccessible to explorers, the shaft is 800ft and is securely locked. But theres about 200 miles of tunnel, most in a square grid network with all machinery still in place. IP: 82.132.216.248
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