Saturday, October 02, 2004

Iran extracts 63,000 tons of phosphate

IranMania News: "Iran extracts 63,000 tons of phosphate

Saturday, October 02, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Oct 2 (IranMania) - In excess of 63,000 tons of phosphate was extracted from Iranian mines during the past four months of the year, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

The volume showed 24.8% decrease in comparison with the corresponding period last year.

Meanwhile, some 12,500 tons of phosphate concentrate has been collected in the mines to set 10.6% increase. Last year, the only two active phosphate mines brought about 194,000 tons of the substance. Phosphate reserve in these mines, one of them under private ownership, is estimated to be at about 19 mln tons. Totally, 257 jobs are created in the two mines.

According to the Ministry of Industries and Mines, the exploration of only one phosphate mine was approved last year, with 56 million tons of phosphate reserve. Iran’s largest phosphate reserves include Lar phosphate mine with 30 mln tons of p205 phosphate (with 16% purity), Dalir mine, which has gotten 40 mln tons of the substance, Chirot and Gazestan.

The ownership of Gazestan Phosphate, which reserves 20 mln tons of p205 phosphate (with 10% purity), will be handed over to the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) for more extractions and also for technical studies. So far, extractions in this mine have cost $305,000. The mine is proven to have no chloride disruption for petrochemical units."

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