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History from 2007 onwards


15th January   Mount Wellington Mine purchased by Richard Freeborn of Mount Wellington Mine Ltd. Richard Freeborn also owns Kensa Engineering Ltd, the UK’s sole manufacturer of a full range of ground source heat pumps.

22nd January   Wellington officially re-opened by Tim Smit from Eden

5th March       4” water supply main re-connected by South West Water

4th April         Carrick District Council grants Kensa’s application for "Change of use of three buildings and associated land to geothermal heat pump and geothermal array manufacture, design, research, and related commercial activities”

7th May          Five telephone lines, one with Broadband, reconnected to the site by British Telecom

8th May          New transformer and three-phase power supply to site provided by Western Power Distribution

12th May        Kensa move heat pump manufacturing from their old Tin Pit Quarry site at Mabe to Wellington’s old Engineering building, which was completely refurbished with new roof, cladding, windows, insulation, wiring, pluming, underfloor heating and a ground source heat pump.

15th May        Kensa move offices and last of business from Tin Pit to Wellington’s original offices at the entrance to the site, which were completely refurbished with new roof, windows, insulation, wiring, plumbing, underfloor heating and a ground source heat pump.

29th May        Simon Lomax takes over as new Managing Director of Kensa

15th August    Wheal Jane’s Mill is demolished.

19th Sept       Carrick District Council grants Kensa’s application for “Demolition of existing redundant concrete and steel structures and landscaping of site area”.

7th Nov David Stone, Crofty’s Director Of Engineering, visits Wellington to look at the complete set of seven floatation cells and twenty two shaker/slime table tops with a view to using them in Crofty’s new Mill.

7th Nov An Environment Agency investigation into Wheal Maid at Gwennap concluded that the former waste tip is contaminated with a range of potentially harmful substances including arsenic, copper and zinc. In the light of these latest findings, the Agency made further inquiries to try to find out who was responsible for contaminating Wheal Maid and whether the polluter can be made to clean up the site. If not, other sources of funding will need to be found. Any clean up could take many years. The pollution originated from Mount Wellington Mine.

15th Nov        Mill building roof repaired by Phoenix Buildings, using a massive crane from MacSalvors

28th Nov        DRS demolition demolish last of headgear stump, and scrapped steel lime silo and steel conveyor belt.

15th Dec        Carn Brea Mining Society combine forces with Cornwall Mine Rescue for the first authorised descent into Wellington’s No.1 shaft using rope access techniques. Ladderway found to be in overall good condition.

19th Dec        Geothermal heating system installation in No.1 shaft by Kevin Baker of Carn Brea Mining Society


17th January   Geevor, South Crofty (WUM) and Wheal Jane all meet at Wellington to look at getting geothermal energy from mines

17th January   Kevin Williams and David Stone from South Crofty (WUM) meeting with SWRDA at Wellington for talks about the proposed new Mill at Crofty.


John Henderson takes lease on the Mill Building, and starts Ocean Fabrication.

Steve Cosier is appointed the Site Manager of Mount Wellington Mine, after already spending two years working on site.


Future Prime Minister David Cameron visits site.

Kraft Maus relocates to the Mount Wellington Mine site, specialising in supplying Portable Renewable Power, which has since been pioneered by the British Army in Cyprus.


The Wind Lens micro wind turbine is erected on site for testing by Kyushu University.

R-ECO (the Renewable Energy Co-ooperative) moves to the Mount Wellington site, specialising in large and small scale PV installations.

The remains of the iconic superyacht Team Philips arrives on site in October. Pete Goss, the original skipper, visits site to inspect.


A Celebration is held on the 30th May to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the move of Kensa to the Mount Wellington Mine site as our first tenant. The gathering includes – for the first time in some decades - the combined Management Teams of all four modern Cornish tin mines – Geevor, South Crofty, Wheal Jane and Mount Wellington Mine.


Geoquip Marine take over Ocean Fabrication, taking regular employment on the site to around 40 full time equivalent jobs.

Kensa celebrates becoming the UK’s largest ground source heat pump company.


A new mine water treatment plant is piloted at the site by Minus Engineering Ltd.


An extension is built on the side of Kensa’s factory by Kensa’s own employees – the first completely new building on the site since 1975.


In March, Lord Matthew Taylor visits the site, in his new role as the Chairman of Kensa Heat Pumps.


In May, Geoquip move into newly refurbished offices in The Dry, which have been specially designed and tailored to their requirements.

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