Iranian official: Production of metals in mining sector growing
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 29
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
By the end of last year in Iran (started March 21, 2017), exports of mining minerals increased, said Kavous Ghasemi, director general of Mines Bureau of Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, Shata News Agency reported.
He said that by the end of last year there was a 1.2 percent increase in mining production. The main mining minerals exported by Iran include iron ore, chromite, processed and unprocessed stones, gypsum, etc.
He added that the countries where mining minerals are exported differ depending on the type of product.
Most of the mining minerals are exported to China, India, the Persian Gulf and Iraq, however, iron bars, steel, copper and other products are exported to even farther countries, he noted.
Production of decorative stones grew 6 percent, he said, adding that 1,200 mines operate in this field. He also mentioned a 4 percent increase in production at metallurgical mines.
There were a total of 10,200 mines by the end of last year in Iran, and 6,000 of them were operating, he said.