Iran’s mining output forecasted at 390 million tons
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.27 /Trend G.Mehdi/
Iran plans to produce 390 million tons of minerals in the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, IRNA quoted Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari as saying.
"The output stood at 340 million tons last year," Ghazanfari said.
The minister added that the annual mining output is projected to reach 570 million tons in the final year of the fifth five-year national development plan (2015)
Iran holds three percent of the world's mineral reserves, putting it first in the Middle East and third in Asia.
Iran has about 68 kinds of minerals, and 20 other types of minerals have been identified through recent explorations.
Iran's mineral produce include coal, metallic elements, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt. It has the world's largest zinc reserves, holds the second largest copper deposits and ranks ninth for its iron reserves.