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Jordans south may have copper ore

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Panoramic view of a sandpit, where mining for ore is taking place. (Photo: Envato Elements)
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AMMAN — Coper exploration point to the possibility of reaching an inferential geological reserve with quantities ranging from 600,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh.اضافة اعلان

Kharabsheh said in comments carried by local media outlets that digging is underway in Wadi Abu Khashiba in southern Jordan, carried out by the Turkish Solvest Trade and Industry Limited Company.

In June, Jordan concluded its second agreement with Solvest, setting the stage for gold exploration in the Abu Khashiba Valley in an area of 155sq.km. It was the second agreement with the Turkish company since April, when a similar accord was signed for copper ore exploration in the same area and also in the nearby Ghor Fifa.

Kharabsheh said Tuesday that Solvest is expected to increase the quantities of copper ore digging to about three times during the mining activities.

He explained in a statement that the data received by the ministry from the company confirms the existence of promising copper ore reserves in “good concentrations”.

With regard to the exploration work for copper in the southern Ghor Fifa region, Kharabsheh said that studies prepared by the company showed a similarity in the types of rocks and copper ores with Khirbet Al-Nahhas and Wadi Khaled in the Dana region, as confirmed by the results of the samples.

As for the gold exploration project also implemented by Solvest in Abu Khashiba, Kharabsheh said that after conducting remote sensing studies and reviewing previous studies, the company identified gold mineralization places in an area 1.5km long and 12 meters wide, with concentrations ranging from 0.1g to 30g per tonne.

The finding is expected to reach an economically viable commercial reserve through intensifying studies and expanding in the mining area.

The area of the copper exploration project in Wadi Abu Khashiba area is about 20sq.km. while the area of Ghor Fifa is about 28sq.km.

If the feasibility of the project is proven, the company will, at the end of the two memorandums of understanding, hand over a preliminary economic feasibility study for two projects to exploit copper and gold minerals in the areas granted to it. A partnership agreement must be approved by a special law.


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