Chris, Please look at the extract from the DAERA site below: Licences for both the abstraction of seawater and discharge of solution mining brine were issued by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) on 14th November 2014. Both of these consents will be reviewed in 2020.
I can't help but think that all funding/Contracts/Permits are on hold until at least next Tuesday and the single market bill conclusion, The EU Club are putting a strangle hold on the UK, any state funding (currently) would be scrutinised by the EU Club, regardless of the handouts to Lufthansa and Airbus the EU have given. This I believe is one of the main reasons for buying Appledore. IMHO