<P dir=rtl align=left><STRONG>Major Sodium Sulfate deposits discovered in Arak</STRONG></P>
Major Sodium Sulfate deposits discovered in Arak
The largest sodium sulfate reserves in the entire Middle East region have been discovered in the Miqan Desert Lake in central Iran, the head of the Markazi Province's Industries and Mines Organization said here on Monday.
Iraj Movaffaq told that the huge reserves are located 15 kilometers to the northeast of the central city of Arak in Markazi province.
He said the Geological Survey of Iran sponsored the exploration project, which was launched in 1999 in a total area of 115 square kilometers. The official put the total volume of the lake's sodium sulfate reserves at 45 million tons, adding that some 5.5 million tons of the minerals had already been discovered in the area. Movaffaq further noted that a mineral 1 processing unit has been established in the area, producing some 60,000 tons of I sodium sulfate powders. "Given the huge reserves discovered recently in the area, at least ten 30,000- ton-capacity mineral processing factories can be set up, each of them providing: more than 150 jobs," he said, adding that: sodium sulfate is used for producing detergents as well as in the pharmaceutical, paper, glass and photography industries.
Covering a total area of 11,500 Hectares, the Miqan Desert can provide many industries with various types of metallic and nonmetallic minerals, construction materials, decorative stones and sodium sulfate. Making use of the Ministry facilities 13 new units including heavy mineral machineries, bulldozers and loaders have been ceded to the province. He also informed about the activity of 27 micronized and supermicronized powder producing units with annual 500/000ton capacity,sodium sulfate processing unit with annual capacity of 400/000 tons and lead& zinc flotation unit with annual capacity of 120/000 ton.