|Project Details||600 hectares, and approximately 71 million pounds sterling of investment to start with (equivalent to about USD 120 million), 10 million tons of output per year. |
Quoting from LINK. The Battle for Roineabhal (2006). "With a golden eagle circling overhead and purple heather bringing out echoing colours in the scree, Lingerabay seems an unlikely spot
for a gargantuan industrial development. Yet, the landscape bears the scars, still shockingly white even after decades, of minor quarry workings – evidence of several aborted attempts to make extracting the anorthosite that forms Roineabhal a commercially viable operation. Anorthosite is a hard aggregate, useful for road-building, concrete-making and perhaps sea defences, and there is enough of it at Lingerabay to have inspired in one
man, a quarry developer..., followed later by a major company, then
in a whole community, the sort of dreams normally associated with gold, oil or diamonds. The idea was for one of the world’s largest opencast quarries, working for sixty to a hundred years to extract a billion tonnes of rock, which, it was said, would be the salvation of this tiny depopulated community with its rife unemployment.
According to this view, the superquarry idea would also offer the way forward for a quarrying industry increasingly beleaguered by ‘nimbyism’ south of the border, and for a country that faced becoming a net importer of aggregate if present levels of
extraction and use continued. According to this vision, Lingerabay would become part of a network of perhaps five remote coastal superquarries, transporting their wares to the south of England in vast bulk carriers".