Around 6 million tpy of iron ore could be added to the
run-of-mine output from Iran's Gol-e-Gohar mines with the
addition of two new ore bodies, according to a recent interview
published by the Iranian Mines & Mining Industries
Development & Renovation Organisation (Imidro).
"The two mines [bodies Nos.2 and 4] will have an output of at
least 6 million tpy of iron ore when we complete our
preparations," project administrator Saeed Samadi told Imidro.
The preparations include stripping back the overburden. Around
half of this has been removed from the No.2 ore body in the
past few years, Samadi added. It will reach its design output
once the overburden is fully removed, which is expected to be
achieved in the fourth quarter of 2013, he said.
"It will take us about three years to reach the main deposit of
iron ore in body No.4 as iron ore makes up one-eighth of the
material, and we started mining operations two years later than
at body No.2," Samadi explained.
"We exploited about 2.8 million tonnes of run-of-mine
iron ore in total [from ore bodies Nos.2 and 4] in [the Iranian
year] 1390," he said. This corresponds to March 20, 2011, to
March 19, 2012, in the current Western calendar.
"We removed about 33 million tonnes of burden in the past year
[finished March 19], which is ten times more volume than the
exploited iron ore," he added.
Ore bodies Nos.2 and 4 are owned by the government and are
being exploited by Iran Minerals Production & Supply, an
Imidro subsidiary. They contain more than 150 million tonnes of
resource and are among the richest iron ore mines in Iran,
The Iranian government is planning to set up beneficiation
plants adjacent to these mines at some point in the future.
The Gol-e-Gohar mines have six ore bodies.
Exploitation of ore body No.1, which has a mineable deposit of
around 180 million tonnes, was started in 1993 by Gol-e-Gohar
Ore body No.6 has more than 600 million tonnes of resource, but
the deposit is 100 metres underground so overburden removal is
a lengthy process. Gohar Zamin Iron Ore is responsible for
exploiting this asset.
The mines are 55km south-west of Sirjan in Kermand province, in
southern Iran. They are connected by a 330km railway to the
port of Bandar Abbas, which facilitates exports and transport
to steel mills on the coast.