Mining project in southern Jordan points to existence of sulfide minerals

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Ministry of energy and mineral resources. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, revealed the preliminary findings of a mining project in the "Samra Al-Tayba" area of Wadi Araba, located in southern Jordan. The results showcased significant concentrations of zinc, copper, lead, and gold, indicating the presence of other valuable sulfide minerals. اضافة اعلان

Kharabsheh made these remarks during his visit to the project site on Saturday, emphasizing the ongoing efforts to determine the depth and concentrations of the target elements through extensive studies, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Expansion of mining venturesDuring his visit, Kharabsheh highlighted the Jordanian Ministry of Energy's commitment to developing the country's mining sector. He informed that the ministry has signed nine memoranda of understanding since 2022, focusing on the exploration and extraction of copper, gold, lithium, phosphate, and rare earth elements.

By the end of this year, the ministry expects to expand the number of exploration areas to a total of 15, he said.

Turkey's Solvest Trade and Industry Limited Company, under the "mining for copper" project in Wadi Abu Khashiba, south of Jordan, is making significant progress, Kharabsheh said.

He also announced that Solvest will present a feasibility study within the next two weeks. Based on the results of this study, the ministry will proceed toward the executive agreement stage.

Geochemical and exploration studiesHisham Zyoud, the director of studies at the Ministry of Energy, provided insights into the ongoing project in the Samra Al-Tayba area.

Zyoud explained that the project's geochemical and exploration studies encompass an area of To date, the ministry's staff has excavated 10 trenches and exploratory sections, with plans to dig two more trenches and three exploratory wells. The collected samples underwent analysis in the ministry's laboratories, while gold ore samples were sent to Canadian SGS labs in South Africa.

Zyoud further revealed that more than 250 samples have been gathered since the project's inception. These include 81 samples obtained from excavated rock sections and trenches, as well as 109 samples collected and tested by the Geochemical Surveys Department from watersheds.

Positive outlook for copper miningAndrei Borisov, the head of Solvest Trade and Industry Limited Company, disclosed the results of the preliminary economic feasibility study conducted on copper ores in the Wadi Abu Khashiba area.

The study reported capital and operating costs amounting to $480 million. The findings unveiled a reserve of 117,000 tonnes of copper, and Borisov emphasized that exploration operations would intensify during the executive phase.

He expressed optimism that copper reserves would exceed 1 million tonnes.

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