Huge phosphate reserves in Anbar
Saturday 18 September 2021 151
Anbar: Majid Al-Hamdani
The General Phosphate Company in Anbar revealed the availability of huge and confirmed reserves of untapped phosphate rocks amounting to 2 billion tons, with unconfirmed quantities exceeding 7 billion tons.
The deputy director of the company, Ihsan Ali Saleh, told Al-Sabah: "The process of investing this wealth is in the hands of the government, which is the decision-maker, and we have not been informed of anything in this regard."
He explained that "the size of the phosphate wealth in the Al-Qaim area is enormous. Phosphate rocks are concentrated in the Akashat phosphate deposits, and there are five quarries or quarries.
The confirmed reserve is 700 million tons, according to technical reports, topographical maps and geological sections prepared by the National Minerals Company, NIMCO previously, and confirmed by the Belgian union Meniere." Including quarry No. (5) located near the temporary residential camp for the mine and extends a few kilometers to the west and includes (88 million tons) according to the topographic maps and geological sections carried out by the General Company for Geological Survey and Mining year 1989".
He added that "there are deposits of Wadi Al-Hari, which are located 15-20 km from Akashat, and include a quarry extending over an area of 40 square kilometers and containing an estimated reserve of 195 million tons of high-quality phosphate ore that can be concentrated by physical methods.
Al-Anbar also contains, according to Saleh, the Sawab deposits, which are 20-30 km away from the Akashat mine, and contain a very large reserve of ores amounting to more than 800 million tons covered with a thick layer of rocks that reaches more than 20 meters, and its exploitation at the present time is expensive This is due to the thickness of the rock cover and the ruggedness of the area.
He continued, "The wealth also includes the Al-Ga'ara deposits, which are located 50 km southwest of Akashat, and we do not have any information about the reserve and its priorities available with the General Company for Geological Survey."
Saleh pointed out that "the investigations carried out by the General Company for Geological Survey in 1987-1988 proved this reserve, which is fixed on the geological maps and sections."