lochaline quartz sand mine
lochaline - wikipedia the free encyclopedia there has been a silica sand mine in lochaline since 1940 when it was opened to replace sources of silica lost because of world war ii. a source was needed
production and plant
lochaline quartz sand ltd . the mine in lochaline is the only underground sand mine in europe. the huge deposit of pure white sandstone is extracted by using a room and pillar method. the sandstone is drilled blasted loaded into dump trucks and taken to the surface plant where it is crushed washed screened scrubbed and spiralized to
lochaline sand mine gives up its secrets to visitors the
as part of morvern games and gala week there was a rare opportunity for visitors including our correspondent nic goddard to explore lochaline quartz sand mine’s mysterious depths. as part of morvern games and gala week lochaline quartz sand limited offered a small group of visitors the chance to tour its plant and mine.
in 2008 the owners of the mine decided to close the mine but in june 2011 a joint venture between the italian mining company minerali industriali and the global glass manufacturer nsg was created and lochaline quartz sand ltd. was registered. in september 2012 lochaline sand mine was officially re-opened.
lochaline silica sand mine canmore
(8) pers.comm. alastair soutar former underground and surface worker at lochaline mine in the late 1940s and 1950s lochaline may 2007. (9) notes entitled ‘the early years of the lochaline silica mine’ and unpublished memoire by donald noel paton the first mamanger of the mine and written about 1960 16.