26.09.2014

Frisia Zout receives approval for salt extraction below the Wadden Sea

The esco plant Frisia Zout from Harlingen, Netherlands, may extract salt below the Wadden Sea in future. The State Secretary for Economy of the Parliament, Sharon Dijksma, informed the Dutch Parliament about this on Wednesday, 3 September.


The esco plant Frisia Zout from Harlingen, Netherlands

At the beginning of 2012, Frisia Zout had received a preliminary extraction approval for four caverns in the approval sector "Havenmond" (Dutch for Harbour Entrance) from the relevant Ministry of Economics. The now issued environmental approval for the cavern "Havenmond I" represents a further important step in safeguarding the future brine supply of the plant. 

Frisia Zout is located in the Dutch Province of Friesland and produces high-quality evaporated salt in the so-called solution mining process, which comes from a depth of approx. 2,800 meters.  The production concessions for the existing caverns on the mainland are limited in time; the cavern drilling operations below the Wadden Sea are required so that vacuum salt can be produced in future as well.

The borehole of the cavern "Havenmond I" should proceed from the plant grounds of Frisia Zout across a length of about 6,000 meters and diverted below the Wadden Sea, and reach the target point for setting up the cavern at a depth of about 3,000 meters.