Kingdom’s copper deposits estimated at JD11 billion — head of JGA

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AMMAN — President of the Jordanian Geologists Association Khaled Al-Shawabkeh said that copper deposits were discovered in Jordan in the 1960s, and all studies proved that they are economically viable, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

According to Shawabkeh, since then, the area has been placed under the umbrella of UNESCO as a natural reserve to prevent mining operations. He estimated the market value of copper deposits in the Kingdom at JD11 billion, not to mention other minerals that naturally accompany copper, such as manganese, which is no less important than copper.

He said that the time has come to make use of copper deposits, as prospecting is now allowed in a area in Abu Khashiba Valley.

Shawabkeh stressed that copper extraction in Abu Khashiba Valley is economically feasible, given that there is no need for large mining costs because the deposits are on the surface. He added that such operations will reduce unemployment rates in area, introduce mining technologies in the Kingdom, and develop the region.

He claimed that one company has allocated $100 million to develop the region, improve the infrastructure, and create 800 job opportunities.

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