MP asks gov’t to ensure the presence of copper in Dana before digging

1. Dana Reserve
A general view of Dana Reserve. Deputy Feras Al-Ajarmeh called for the government to ensure the presence of commercially viable quantities of copper before a mining project is approved. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — The Lower House of Parliament Energy and Mineral Resources Committee said it will request the documents that were prepared by the technical committee tasked with modifying the boundaries of Dana Reserve to ensure the presence of copper in commercial quantities in the area before giving the final approval for the mining project, according to the head of the committee, Deputy Feras Al-Ajarmeh.اضافة اعلان

Ajarmeh told Jordan News that he is in favor of digging for copper, “but only in the event that the feasibility study has proven the presence of copper in Dana in commercial quantities, bearing in mind that modifying the boundaries of Dana Reserve is estimated at JD250 million.” He urged the concerned parties involved in the project to make sure there are commercial quantities of copper before taking any decision.

“If available information proves that mining for copper would bring financial returns for the country and local communities, we will move towards investment”, he said.

Amer Shoubaki, an energy expert, voiced confidence that the feasibility study would resolve the issue of whether there is copper or not in Dana Reserve, but provided the government did its part and conducted an economic study. He said he is hopeful an abundance of copper would be found and that the project would be feasible especially at present, in light of the high price of copper.

Zuhair Sadeq, an energy expert, said he believes that Jordan is rich with minerals and energy resources, and therefore he supported the mining project, not only in Dana but in other parts of the Kingdom, adding that similar projects would stimulate the economy, create employment opportunities and reduce poverty.

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