Half-billion tonnes of Phosphate found in Ruwaished — Kharabsheh

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AMMAN — Phosphate quantities discovered in the first phase of digging in the eastern Ruwaished region is estimated at more than half-a-billion metric tonnes, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh said.اضافة اعلان

The discovery showed concentrations between 25 and 36 percent, Kharabsheh said in a press statement Saturday following a tour of the project.

The project was launched in the Risha area last December.

During the tour, he was briefed on the latest developments in drilling and prospecting activities and the results of chemical analysis.

Preliminary results of the first phase, which took place in an area of about 60 Sq.Km, are “excellently hopeful” in terms of thicknesses and qualities, Kharabsheh said.

The confirmed thicknesses of the initial excavation work reached between 4 to 10m, and they are of medium and excellent quality, he added.

The concentration of phosphates in confirmed layers ranges between 25 and 36 percent, with very low rates of iron and clay minerals with an average of less than 0.1 percent compared to international standards that accept crude in the range of 1.2 percent, he said.

He explained that this result confirms that the Jordanian crude is free from metallic impurities that hinder use in manufacturing industries.

While preliminary studies estimated initial reserves at more than half-a-billion metric tonnes of phosphate of medium and excellent quality, it is expected that much larger reserves will be found after the completion of the next stages, the minister added.

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