Chemours begins commissioning its newest sand mine in Florida

The Chemours Company has begun commissioning its newest mineral sand mine, Trail Ridge South. The new mining operation represents a EUR 91 million investment that will create approximately 50 new jobs.

Titanium dioxide against a black background.
Chemours intends to expand the titanium dioxide production.  Image source: RHJ - (symbol image).

Commissioning work to test operational aspects of the new mine has begun, with startup anticipated later this year. Expansion of its mining operations will allow Chemours – according to the company the only US producer of titanium and zirconium minerals and one of only two US producers of rare earth minerals – to have additional access to high-quality concentrated deposits used to produce titanium dioxide (TiO2).

“Domestic mineral supply”

“The commissioning of our new Trail Ridge South mine is much more than an operational milestone – it represents a huge win for our customers, community, and our country,” said Jody Sciance, co-director of Minerals Operations for Chemours. “This secure, domestic mineral supply means more tons of TiO2 for our pigment customers, more jobs for Clay County residents, and access to critical materials identified by the U.S. Department of the Interior as vital to our nation’s security and economic prosperity – all with minimal impact on our local environment. We are extremely proud to expand our footprint in Florida and look forward to partnering with this community for years to come.”

As Chemours points out, the facility will be incorporating Mobile Mining Units (MMUs) that are intended to address environmental concerns with traditional dredge mining. According to the company, the MMUs allow the site to have much lower emissions, reduced dust levels, and improved safety by removing conventional hauling trucks. In addition, the Trail Ridge South facility will recycle 98% of its water used in the manufacturing process

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