Greensplat China Clay Pit: When I visited here in 2016 with Huw, this part of the huge pit was operated by Goonvean Aggregates for sand processing.
The main part of the pit is still operated by Imerys, clay extraction here started in the 19th Century. The pit was well known for the fact it housed the last working beam engine in Cornwall. It worked up until 1959, it is now preserved at the Poldark Mine Museum.
The processing plant in the images on this page is made by CDE Global who are the largest wet processing equipment company in the world. The plant is a M2500 E5X, this is a low maintenance automated machine that can produce up to 5 washed and classified products simultaneously.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 1 – This is my friend Huw Eriksson who gave up many Sunday’s for me in 2016 to show me around many of the Clay Pits in the area.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 2 – This is one of Goonvean Aggregates newest additions, a fully automated sand processing plant, this is the main conveyor.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 3 – The conveyor from the other side.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 4 – Another angle of the conveyor belt, the washed and treated sand can be seen in the background. The conveyor was mounted on wheels which ran along the top of the rear wall so the sand can be evenly spread.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 5 – This image is looking up the gantry alongside the conveyor belt.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 6 – The processed sand can be seen on the conveyor belt, the string running alongside is a safety stop line for the conveyor.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 7 – The processed sand tumbling from the end of the conveyor.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 8 – The circular wall and the conveyor mounted on wheels can be clearly seen.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 9 – A final image of the conveyor feed from the plant.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 10 – Washed sand on a conveyor from the washing plant in the background.
Greensplat China Clay 11 – Each conveyor transports a different grade of sand, at any one time five different grades of sand can be produced.
Greensplat China Clay 12 – This conveyor leads from the washing plant, when running this machine was shaking hard.
Greensplat China Clay 13 – These are Electric motors above the washing plant, the clay pit is behind the wind turbine on the ridge.
Greensplat China Clay 14 – A loader removing the processed material.
Greensplat China Clay 15 – The processing plant from the side, it was a remarkable piece of equipment.
Greensplat China Clay 16 – This is the the sand washing area of the plant.
Greensplat China Clay 17 – The plant control room is on the left, the washing plant in the background.
This site is on private property, it should not be entered without permission, a suitable escort and health and safety equipment.
Greensplat China Clay Pit 2