Iran sixth largest producer of Barite World-Wild

23 March 2005 | 16:45 Code : 4832 Geoscience events
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The Iran Mining House, an industry group, said that Iran with a production of 204,000 tons of Bariteannually is the sixth largest producer of the mineral in the world.
The Iran Mining House, an industry group, said that Iran with a production of 204,000 tons of Bariteannually is the sixth largest producer of the mineral in the world.
   The amount of production in Iran equals 3.66 percent of the world-wide Barite production.
   The latest figure released by the Industry and Mines Ministry said that Barite reserves are estimated at about 64 million tons. By the end of the month of Shahrivar (August 21-September 20) over 100,000 tons of Barite had been extracted from the mines, the report added. Also, it added that 86 barite mines in the country employs about 1,500 people. Of the total number of mines 76 are operated by the private sector and 10 are run by the cooperative sector, the report added.
   With the largest Barite mine coming on stream in the Kurdestan province it is reckoned that Iran`s share of the world-wide production will be elevated. Barite is mostly used in excavation industry.
   An industry and mining official said here in January that over dlrs one billion of minerals were exported since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 20). Deputy Industry and Mines Minister Abbas SafaKish told IRNA that the figure was 15 percent higher compared to the same period last year.
   The figure is estimated to rise to dlrs 1.6 billion by the end of the current year. Safakish said that 26 percent of the industrial exports consist of minerals. "Also, about 10 percent of the mining products exported are raw and the remaining consist of processed goods." He said establishing mining process units are priority of the Industry and Mines Ministry during the fourth five-year development
   plan (March 2005-2010). Iran exported 1,336 tons of minerals valued at dlrs 130 million during the first half of this year. The figure showed a decrease of 2.8 percent and rise of 33.7 percent in terms of value and weight, respectively, as against the figures in the same period last year, he added.
   The minerals exported accounted for 16.8 percent and 4.3 percent of the weight and value of the total non-oil exports in the period under study.

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