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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: international 1967
Year 1967, Volume IV (1969)

Carleton, David A.
Iran,   pp. 367-375 ff. PDF (998.4 KB)


Page 371

 THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF IRAN 371 
ing Co., an excellent opportunity to increase production and exports. At
yearend the latter company planned to increase production at the Shahriar
and Amir mines from the present 6,000 tons per month to 10,000 tons per month
during 1968. Reserves at these two mines have been set at 1.7 million tons;
the ore is 40 to~ 50 percent chromite. 
 Copper.—A limited amount of copper has been produced for years from
the small nickel-copper occurences near Anarak (east of Isfahan) and in northwestern
Iran. During 1966 and 1967 extensive deposits of disseminated porphyry copper
were identified in south-central Iran and at yearend 1967 three occurences
were being studied. The most advanced project involves the Sar Chashmeh deposits
(110 kilometers southwest of Kennan), where the Kerman Mining Company, an
Iranian firm, has entered into a joint exploration and examination venture
with an Iranian subsidiary of Selection Trust, Ltd., a British company. The
appraisal work which will be carried out at Selection Trust's expense should
take 2 years. Ore reserves were initially evaluated at a minimum of 30 million
tons of 1.5 percent copper with the possibility that deposits could measure
as much as 300 million tons averaging 1.0 percent copper. Successful exploration
will be followed by open pit mining at a rate of 10,000 tons per day. Tentative
plans are to establish smelting facilities in the area for the production
of blister copper.3 
 The two other principal copper projects are the deposits at Midouk, 80 kilometers
east of Rafsinjan, being investigated by Parjam Mining Company, an Iranian
firm, and the mineralized properties of the State Mining Company, 80 kilometers
east of Sirjan in south-central Iran. 
 Iron and Steel.—During 1967, Iran's first steel-rolling mill was completed
near Ahwaz. Just prior to the completion of this 65,000-ton-per-year plant,
the owner, Navard Iran Company, contracted to have the builder construct
an adjacent 85,000ton-per-year plant. When the second unit is completed (scheduled
for March 1968) the mill will be capable of producing 150,000 tons per year
of angles, sheets, rods, and strips, which should be worth about $25 million
and should save a comparable amount in foreign exchange each year. Equity
in the Navard Iron Company is as 
follows: Rezai Brothers, Iranian ~ndustriai-. ists, 40 percent; Philipp Brothers,
a division of the U.S. firm Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation,
32.5 percent; an Iranian development bank, 15 percent; Demag A.G., a West
German company, 7.5 percent; and private Iranian individuals, 5 percent.
 The first of two units at Iran's first pipe mill was completed at Ahwaz
during 1967. The owner, Torrance Machine and engineering, Inc. has announced
that the second unit is scheduled for completion in early 1968. The first
unit has a designed capacity of 20,000 tons per year of 18- to 42-inch pipe.
Startup problems, however, prevented production from reaching this capacity.
The second unit, planned for completion in 1968 is scheduled to produce 15,000
tons per year of 6- to 16-inch pipe. The plant is being financed by Torrance
and the National Iranian Oil Company. 
 Plans for the construction of an integrated steel mill, to be built under
a 1965 Soviet-Iranian agreement of intent, were finalized and approved by
both Governments in 1967. The plant, will be 43 kilometers southwest of Isfahan
and will have an initial annual capacity to produce between 500,000 and 600,000
tons of steel ingot and 350,000 tons of rolled products. Production is expected
to begin in 1971. A second phase of construction will double the capacity.
All ancillary equipment and facilities built in the first stage will be able
to accommodate the expansion. Iron ore will be obtained from the Chogard
deposit 16 kilometers northeast of Bafq in central Iran. Reportedly this
deposit has reserves of 55 to 65 million tons of ore averaging from 58 to
62 percent iron occurring as magnetite and nonmagnetic martite. A small percentage
of sulfur is present and the phosphorus content is an estimated 0.3 percent.
' Several other deposits of comparable size and ore content occur in the
area. 
 The only known, large reserves of coking coal in Iran are located about
500 kilometers east of the mill site in the Hodjedk area 50 kilometers northwest
of Kerman. Work has begun on a rail line that will connect the coal mines
with the steel plant via the Bafq iron ore deposits. 
~ Engineer and Mining Journal. V. 169, No. 5, May 1968, p. 110. 
World Mining. V. 4, No. 1, January 1968, p. 
37. 


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