Aberdeen Minerals has been working with local landowners since 2018 and currently has a first-mover advantage with strong relationships with key landowners – Aurum Exploration Services, which is engaged as Aberdeen Minerals’ lead technical advisor, has experience in working in the area since 2004.


  • Secured landowner access and exploration agreements across its principal target areas in North East Scotland covering approximately 18,400 acres (74 square kilometres).
  • Conducted the first large-scale heliborne airborne geophysical survey in Scotland.
  • Mobilised and commenced exploration drilling at its principal target area, north of Ellon.


  • Base metal mineral rights in the UK vest in the freehold landholder (unless severed), not the Crown
  • Establishing an exploration package of scale requires on the ground co-operation with landowners
  • Exploration and access agreements secured with landholders over 18,400 acres (74km2) to date & growing
  • Gentle topography, moderate climate, and open to year-round exploration work
  • Excellent infrastructure – national roads, grid power and deep-water port
  • Skilled workforce – Aberdeen’s offshore industry
  • Supportive local and national government
  • Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan identifies the Arthrath deposit as a “safeguarded site” whereby other forms of development are discouraged to prevent mineral resources being sterilized
  • A number of operating mines in Scotland: Cononish gold mine, Tyndrum; Foss barite mine, Perthshire; quartz sand mine at Lochaline & other substantial quarrying activities including many in the North East
  • Active & coordinated consultation via industry body UK Critical Minerals Association (AML a member)