<P dir=ltr align=left><STRONG>Iron Ore Prouduction Facing 1.5m Tons Shortfall This Year</STRONG></P>
TEHRAN June 29 (MNA) -— Iran’s production of iron ore in 2004 stands at 11.2 million tons, while the country needs 12.7 million tons to meet industry demands, leaving a shortfall of 1.5 million tons, news reports said.
Isfahan Foundry requires 3.3 million tons of iron ore 2.5 million tons of which is provided by the Bafq Ore Mines with some other 0.8 million tons supplied by the Chador Melo Mines. The foundry’s 200,000 tons of iron ore needed for the plant are also provided by the Chador Melo Mines.
Meanwhile, Mobarekeh Steel Plant need 6 million tons of iron ore concentrate, 202 million tons of which are supplied by Gol Gahar–e-Sirjan and 3.3 million tons from Chador Melo Mines.
This year’s production from the giant mines Gol Gahar–e-Sirjan, Chador Melo and Bafq will be 3.4, 5.3 and 5.2 million tons respectively, the report concluded.