Preliminary results of mining project point to existence of sulfide minerals

Preliminary results of a mining project for basic elements in the “Samra al-Tayba” area in Wadi Araba south of the Kingdom showed “good concentrations” of zinc, copper, lead, and gold, said Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh. He stressed that this is a strong indication of the existence of other sulfide minerals (the source of gold, silver, platinum and copper), which have a high added value, noting that work is underway to mine the remaining areas and determine the depth and concentrations of the target elements for the study. The minister made the remarks on Saturday while conducting an on-site visit to the “mining for key elements” project in Samra al-Tayba area, which has been implemented by the ministry’s staff since last January and the “mining for copper” project in Wadi Abu Khashiba south of Jordan, which is being implemented by the Turkey’s Solvest Trade and Industry Limited Company. Kharabsheh indicated that the ministry has signed, since 2022, nine memoranda of understanding to mine for copper, gold, lithium, phosphate and rare earth elements, predicting an expansion in the number of exploration areas by the end of the current year to 15 areas in total. On Solvest’s mining projects, the minister said that the company will submit, two weeks from now, a feasibility study in light of which the ministry will move forward to the executive agreement stage, pointing out that the results of the remaining companies are positive. Elaborating on the project in the Samra al-Tayba, Hisham Zyoud, Director of Studies at the Ministry of Energy, said that the geochemical and exploration studies for the project target 25 square kilometers, adding that 10 trenches and exploratory sections were dug up, with two more trenches and three exploratory wells set to be dug up, pointing out that the samples were analyzed in the ministry’s labs except for samples of gold ore, which were sent to the Canadian SGS labs in South Africa. More than 250 samples have been collected since the launch of the project, including 81 samples from excavated rock sections and trenches, and 109 samples collected and tested by the Geochemical Surveys Department from watersheds, he indicated. For his part, Andrei Borisov, head of Solvest, said that the company submitted a preliminary economic feasibility study on copper ores in the Wadi Abu Khashiba area, with capital and operating costs amounting to $480 million. The results showed a reserve of 117,000 tons of copper, he stated, adding that during the executive phase, the company will increase exploration operations. He predicted that copper reserves will exceed one million tons.

Source: Jordan News Agency