August marks the 30th anniversary of the first shipment made from super quarry Glensanda, located in the centre of a peak in Morvern Peninsula, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.
Glensanda is the flagship site of construction materials producer and supplier Aggregate Industries, and the largest granite quarry in Europe, exporting to markets all across Northern Europe. It has an annual production capacity in excess of nine million tonnes and a massive 760 million tonnes reserve of granite.
Since its creation, over 5,500 shipments have been made to projects throughout Europe including; the Channel Tunnel, the TGV rail line from Bordeaux to Bayonne and the Pont de Normandie in France, Deurganckdok in Antwerp, Schipol airport in Amsterdam, Moorburg Powerstation in Hamburg, the A1 motorway Gdansk to Torun, Riga airport, the Olympic park for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the new London Gateway container port.
Philippe Frenay, managing director UK and overseas at Aggregate Industries, said: “From the first shipment in 1986, Glensanda has come a long way over the last 30 years to become one of the most valuable exporting businesses in Scotland, accounting for close to 100% of all aggregate exported from Britain
“We have continued to invest in the site over the years to get it to where it is today, including a £30m investment in a new crusher and delivery system in 2014. Despite this investment, it’s the 200-plus men and women on site, the vessel crews and our distribution network personnel that keep the operation running, and I’d like to thank them for their hard work and say: here’s to the next 30 years.”