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Clive Mitchell is a senior Industrial Minerals Geologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS). For over 30 years his research has included institutional strengthening, capacity building and industrial minerals resource assessment throughout Africa, the Middle East, Thailand and Afghanistan.
Clive has worked in the Middle East for 20 years, the most recent work involved resource assessment of high-purity limestone, dimension stone and construction aggregate (all outputs available from the UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry: https://www.moei.gov.ae/). His current research is focused on Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in Kenya and graphite resources in East Africa, both as part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) research programme of the BGS.
Clive is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with the Geological Society of London and a member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) technical committee (B/502/06) for test methods for construction aggregate. He is secretary of the organising committee for the Extractive Industry Geology conference (www.eigconferences.com – next conference in July 2020 at University of Exeter) and manager of the BGS minerals website www.MineralsUK.com
For more information visit: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/staff/profiles/1159.html

Clive Mitchell

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the UK’s premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge. One of the key objectives is to help society use its natural resources responsibly. Over the last 15 years, the BGS has published a series of Mineral Planning Factsheets that cover a wide range of economically important minerals that are extracted in the UK. They are regularly updated and provide an overview of the supply of a specific mineral. They are primarily intended to inform the land-use planning process but are of much wider interest.
The current Mineral Planning Factsheet for Silica Sand was produced in 2009 and is overdue for an update. This presentation gives a summary of silica sand resources in the UK and the main changes that have arisen affecting the silica sand sector over the last 10 years.
The silica sand sector has seen consolidation of production into fewer sites, increased pressure on resources in environmentally sensitive areas and the rise of localism which has lead to a greater scrutiny of planning applications, resulting in a slower approval rate. In addition, there is less data on mineral production due to concerns over competition and a reduction in funding by central Government. The current revision of the silica sand factsheet is ongoing and is awaiting the findings of a sector wide survey of resources and sales. The revised factsheet is due to be published towards the end of 2019.