Tehran, Iran, Sept. 1
The reactivation of a factory next to Nakhlak Mineral Complex has added 4,000 tons to the country’s total capacity of lead concentrate, an Iranian deputy minister said.
“Nakhlak Mineral Complex is an ancient mine with a history of 2,000 years located at a depth of 250 meters,” Iran's Deputy Minister for Industry, Mine and Trade Mehdi Karbasian told IRNA news agency on September 1.
“A factory next to the mine was deactivated in 2014 after 56 years, and recently we, with the help of the private sector, managed to reactivate it,” he added.
“It reactivation has added 4,000 tons to the country’s total capacity of lead concentrate,” the senior official said.
He noted that more than 130 jobs have been created with the re-launch of the factory.
More 170 individuals could be added to the factory’s workforce in the future, Karbasian added.
Nakhlak Mineral Complex produced 2,019 tons of lead concentrate during the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Dec. 21), indicating a 7 percent increase compared with last year’s corresponding period, the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization reported on its website recently.
The company’s lead ore extraction during the period grew 34 percent year-on-year to reach 28,139 tons.
Founded in 1952, the lead producer is located in Isfahan Province’s Naeen City. According to the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization’s latest report, major Iranian lead and zinc producers extracted 714,642 tons of ore during the nine months, of which Angouran Lead and Zinc Complex accounted for 686,503 tons and Nakhlak Lead and Zinc Plant for 28,139 tons.