AGGREGATES producer Cemex UK Marine has been given the nod to begin dredging for sand and gravel in the English Channel.
It has been given permission to excavate aggregates from deposits sitting in up to 40 m of water in the eastern English Channel.
Hanson Aggregates Marine and Cemex will work in partnership on two sections of the 40 sq km deposit that sits approximately halfway between England and France.
They hope to begin production in the region later this year once initial baseline surveys have been completed.
Six companies are seeking licences to dredge the area, which could yield more than 38 million tonnes of aggregate in five years.
Cemex UK Marine director general manager John Miller said the material is vital for future developments.