Albion Stone's Portland stone Quarry and Mine Manager, Mark Godden, shares his opinion on the Mine's Rescue Service in Materials World magazine.
The largest supplier of Portland stone have secured two planning permissions for their Portland stone mines, allowing for more environmentally mining extraction methods.
Albion Stone's Mine Manager, Mark Godden, describes the challenges of mining Portland stone in an environmentally sensitive and highly populated area, and techniques to ensure a future for dimension stone extraction on Portland for mining industry magazine.
Albion Stone hosted a successful open day at their Portland stone mine. The day saw various small groups taken through the galleries and up to the working Portland stone faces.
Albion Stone announce that they are beginning extraction of their Basebed stone in Jordans Mine. Having been extracting from this site since 2008, the mining operation has been to remove the upper layers of Portland stone: the Roach and Whitbeds to date.
Albion Stone have invested in a new 'JCB Fantini'. It is tractor mounted stone saw which will be used to increase efficiency in the Portland stone quarry and mine. This is the first machine of it's type to be imported into any UK stone extraction operation.
Albion Stone have recently made some purchases to increase the production in their Portland stone mine. The Doosan DT160 will lift dimension stone blocks of up to 16 tonnes in weight whilst the Fantini GU50 is a self propelled mining saw has a new generation cutting blade that will increase the extraction rate and efficiency.
On Saturday 5th June 2010, Albion Stone's Mine Manager, Mark Godden, and the Assistant Mine Manager, Tony Booker, will be taking small groups of people right into the Mine, through the galleries and up to the working faces.
Albion Stone's Portland stone quarry and mine Manager has completed his degree, BSc (Hons) in Geosciences. After seven years of studying with the Open University to complete the degree, it will now help him in his job as it has both geological and environmental science facets to it.