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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 12/10/2011 11:18:42
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It has been posted in SHIPAIS that according to local gossip the mine will be fully open again by March / April 2012



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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 12/10/2011 12:00:47
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Did not know it was closed:

*SILICA SAND

Lochaline Silica Sand Mine NGR NM 680450 Landranger 49 Morven
Marked `mine’ on Landranger 49
The mine has been in operation since the 1940's, extracting the purest silica sand in the UK, which is used in the manufacture of fine crystal and other specialist glass, and also for silicon carbide and domestic and chemical ovenware.

There are 48 km of tunnels that have been created under 150 m of basalt lavas. Fossils of animals that lived during the Cretaceous period can be found here.

The mine employs twelve people, three of whom use dump trucks to move sand from within the mine to a storage area on the surface. The floor of the workings is soft, wet and badly rutted.

Anon [2007] Morven / A’ Mhorbhairne. Lochaber Geotrails.A4 brochure folded into 3. Lochaber Geopark Association.

Martin, Paula ND Exploring Morven. Morven Heritage Society. not seen

McIntyre, Andrew 2006 Mines, Machinery and Minerals. The Scots Magazine, 164 (5) May 486-494




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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 12/10/2011 12:08:20
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The Morvern Heritage Society booklet has several pages on the history of the mine.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7818571.stm

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1019286

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/945524



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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 12/10/2011 19:54:00
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Thats really good news, it looked to me that the place was definitely operating a care and maintenance program when i was up there in May this year. IP: 94.170.216.82
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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 18/10/2011 11:25:22
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More on For Argyll

Pilkington link restored in reopening of Lochaline silica sand mine


http://forargyll.com/2011/10/pilkington-link-restored-in-reopening-of-lochaline-silica-sand-mine/



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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 20/09/2012 11:30:01
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In the Lochaber News.


Published: 20/09/2012 02:00 - Updated: 18/09/2012 17:18
Sand mine reopens and creates 11 jobs
By Stuart Taylor
A GLOBAL partnership has officially re-opened a mothballed mine on the Morvern peninsula – and is aiming to export up to 100,000 tonnes of sand a year.

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http://www.lochaber-news.co.uk/News/Sand-mine-reopens-and-creates-11-jobs-18092012.htm



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Posted: 20/09/2012 23:04:32
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Excellent news. Thumbs Up IP: 92.234.245.204
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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 10/03/2014 23:11:58
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just came across an excellent set of photos for this mine,
see here:
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/289085/details/lochaline+silica+sand+mine/
these are pre Pilkingtons involvement but still pretty recent.
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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 12/03/2014 16:54:02
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Yes some really good photos showing the operation., thanks for posting Thumbs Up

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Posted: 12/03/2014 20:28:44
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Brakeman wrote:

Yes some really good photos showing the operation., thanks for posting Thumbs Up


no problem, nice to think of a mine still producing mineral that gets made into stuff here Smile must be nearly unique at the moment
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Lochaline Silica Mine
Posted: 13/03/2014 14:39:25
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It's been great for the local area when the mine reopened, I do love Lochaline. Especially in the summer. This one's fairly local to me, being from Oban originally. My brother-in-law has also been contracted out to work the mine on various occassions, mainly supplying hired plant.

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