Inspections reveal copper ore concentration of 3.5% in Wadi Araba

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AMMAN —  Minister of energy and mineral resources, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, said that the inspection tour of the copper exploration project in the Wadi Araba region revealed copper ore concentrations of up to 3.5 percent. اضافة اعلان

The project was carried out by the Jordanian Integrated Mining and Exploration Company, specifically the Wadi Al-Jariya 1 and 2 areas south of Dana, Ammon News reported.

Exploration activitesZuhair Hasnine, the director of the Integrated Company, explained that exploration activities began in the northern part of the Dana contract area following the signing of the memorandum of understanding in 2022. This included creating new routes and rehabilitating old ones in the area. In total, exploratory activities involved 76 trenches, 170 boreholes, 4 old tunnels, 16 surface samples, and 21 wells.

Hasnine added that the company is currently conducting tests on the samples in international laboratories in Austria and Turkey. The results showed higher copper concentrations in three areas compared to previous studies and lower concentrations in one area. A total of 357 samples were sent, with 200 prepared for chemical analysis.

History of the project
In June 2022, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian Integrated Mining and Exploration Company to explore copper ores in the Dana region over an area of 78 square kilometers.

This allowed the company to continue its exploration work, which began in the first phase between 2016 and 2018 when the project area was divided into four main blocks, accompanied by detailed geological mapping of the northern region at a scale of 1:10,000.

Maintaining the reserve
Raid Al-Khawaldeh, the director of Dana Nature Reserve, emphasized the importance of adhering to environmental standards during mining operations and the optimal utilization of natural resources in the Dana region. He stated that the Royal Scientific Society, which oversees the reserve, is committed to minimizing environmental pollution and soil erosion, and it encourages investors to rehabilitate the mining area after completing their projects.

Ministry’s role
Kharabsheh said that the ministry has signed 13 memoranda of understanding for the exploration of copper, lithium, gold, rare earth elements, rock phosphate, and potash. The ministry is actively accelerating various mining operations in collaboration with its partners in the sector.

Accompanying the minister on his inspection tour were Hisham Al-Zyoud, Director of Natural Resource Studies, Mu'tasim Hawamdeh, Head of Exploration Studies Department, Laith Abu Afar, Head of the Strategic Minerals Technical Committee, and Geologist Muhannad Hamza from the ministry.

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