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Geological Survey and Mineral Resources.

Yemen's Geology is characterized by a spectacular terrestrial diversity and a variety of geological formations that are promising good and rewarding prospects.  This geological formation diversity has led to a significant variety in mineral wealth.  A lot of information is available that supports the existence of economically viable quantities of gold, zinc, lead, silver as well as copper, and nickel in Yemen.   Exploration studies have shown the existence of mineral ores and industrial rock in large quantities and of high quality.  Most of these are found in inhabited areas, some of which already possess the basic infrastructures and other essential utilities that facilitate investment and exploitation of such minerals and at reduced costs.  Exploration and assessment works have led to the identification of several of these sediments with good economic indicators, such as limestone, gypsum, ziolite, Berylite, Pumice, rock salt, Feldspar, quartz, scoria, industrial clay, silicon sand, granite, gabbro, marble, and basalt. Abundance of such mineral resources in Yemen represents an important factor that encourages mining investments in a number of fields.  The following are the most significant investment opportunities in the field of mining:

No

Type Of Investment Opportunity

Description

Suggested Location/ Locations

Features and Characteristics of location

Estimated Investment Cost

Products

Production Capacity

1

Exploitation Ziolite Ore

Establishment of a Quality Specification Improvement Unit for Ziolite

Al-Ahboug, Taiz Governorate, located 52 km southeast of Taiz City

Estimated Reserves of more than 120 million tons

US $ 80 million

The production of 99.5% Pure Ziolite (Clinoptilolite) Used in the following applications:  Agricultural Fertilizers, Waste Water Treatment, intermediary substance used in oil refining, Residue and Absorption of odors Treatment.

120,000 tons per annum

2

Exploitation of Rock Salt

Improve the Specification quality of Rock Salt

Safir Area, Mareb Governorate, 320 km. Northeast of Sana'a

Reserves of 162 million cubic meters at the Ministry of Oil and Minerals supervising the site.  There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board .

US $ 150 million

Clean table salt; production of all industrial salts such as Chlorine, Pure and industrial Hipochlorite Sodium.

 

90,000 tons of clean table salt

3

Exploitation of Limestone

Establishment of  white sedimentary limestone mill and manufacturing unit

Wadi Tinhalein Area, Al-Mahara Governorate,  2km west of Al-Gheidhah

Reserves of more than 200 million tons; supervised by MINISTRY OF OIL AND MINERALS.  There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 4 million

The production of pure Calcium Carbonate Powder for  the manufacturing of:

Paints and Plastics.

375,000 tons per day.

4

Exploitation of Sandstone

Exploiting of Silica sand for glass manufacturing

Al-Habat Area in Sa'adah Governorate, 40 km. to the west of Sa'adah

Estimated reserves of sandstone reaching to more than 1 million cubic meters; site is  supervised by Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board and the Ministry of Oil and Minerals. There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 250 million

 

 

 

Flat glass panels, glass utensils, and sand ingots.

650 tons per day

5

Exploitation of Gypsum

Establishment of a gypsum material manufacturing unit

Al-Mahfad Area, Shabwah Governorate, located 5 km southeast of Mahfad and 290 km north of Aden.

At the location there is a reserve of gypsum estimated at more than 705  million tons

US $ 150 million

 

Construction Gypsum; Medical gypsum, casting gypsum,  and agricultural gypsum

-

6

Exploitation of Gypsum

Establishment of a gypsum products manufacturing unit

In Ahwar Area, Abyan Governorate, 18 km northwest of Ahwar, and 225 km northeast of Aden

There are reserves at the location that are estimated in excess of 3 million tons; studies were carried out by a Check  company. Site is supervised by the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board

US $ 150 million

Construction Gypsum, gypsum panels; Paris plaster and medical gypsum.

3,000 m3 per annum

7

Exploitation of  Basalt

Establishment of a production unit for the extraction of basalt rock

Munawz Area, Ibb Governorate, 40 km southeast of Ibb city.

There are estimated reserves of 600 million cubic meters; studies were carried out by the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board. Site is under the supervision of the said Board.

US $ 150 million

Rock Wool

5,000 m3 per year which  can increase to 6,000 m3

8

Exploitation of Basalt

Establish a production unit for slicing and cutting basalt to be used in manufacturing rock wool

Seyhout Area, Al-Mahara Governorate, 350 km northeast of Al-Mukalla

Reserves are estimated at more than 1 million cubic meters .  There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board,  which oversees the site.

-

Production of Rock Wool units

6,000 m3

9

Exploitation of Dolomites

Exploit about 180 million tons for use in making thermal material and some chemical industry

Al-Rayyan Area, Al-Jouf Governorate, located 180 km northwest of Mareb  City.

There are reserves at this location that reach more than 200 million cubic meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board, which oversees the site.

-

Rock bricks, rock piles, decorative stones, and the manufacturing of  thermal bricks.

100,000 m3 per annum, which can be raised to 300,000 m3 per annum

10

Exploitation of Scoria

Set up a unit to develop scoria manufacturing

Beit Al-Jaify Area, 25 km North of the Capital City, Sana'a

There are reserves at this location that reach more than 800 million cubic meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.  Location has yet to be exploited.

US $ 150 million

Lightweight  cinder bricks

3.75 million bricks/year as an initial phase and 15 million bricks as a second stage

11

 

Exploitation of Granite

Exploit Granite rocks for export

Al-Beidha Area (Different locations)

There are reserves at this location that reach more than 250 million cubic meters of Scoria; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

Undetermined

All various types of Granite

Undetermined

12

Exploitation of Felspar

Set up a felspar treatment unit

Wadi Bohal Area, Hajja Governorate, 230 km northwest of the Capital  City of Sana'a and 170 km north of Hodeida City.

There are felspar reserves at this location that are in millions  of cubic meters; Studies are also available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 4 million

Milled and  granular felspar

15,000 tons per year

13

Exploitation of Basalt

Exploit Basalt Rocks

Maytam Area, Ibb Governorate, 30 km southeast of Ibb City and 220 km south of Sana'a

There are reserves at this location that reach more than 10 million cubic meters of Basalt with height reaching 300 meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 12 million

Rock Wool and Basalt Pipes

15,000 tons of Rock Wool products

14

Exploitation of Granite

Extract granite piles and produce various kinds of tiles

Al-Souma'ah Area, Al-Beidha Governorate, 300 km southeast of Sana'a City

There are large quantities of reserves of Granite at this location that reach more than 2.2 million cubic meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board,

US $  18 million

Processed Granite

80 thousand m3 of manufactured granite

15

Exploitation of  Berylite

Set up a unit for the production of processed Berylite.

Aanis Area, Dhamar Governorate, 15 km west of Ma'abar City.

There are reserves of Berylite at this location that reach more than 80 million cubic meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board

US $ 35 million

Manufactured Berylite for use in   Agriculture, construction, and filtering industry.

120,000 tons annually for the production of 100,000 tons of treated Berylite

16

Exploitation of  Berylite

Produce refined Berylite for the manufacturing of Rock Wool and lightweight gravel

Al-Wazi'iyah Area, Taiz Governorate, 35 km west of Taiz City and 40 km east of Al-Mocha Port.

There are Berylite reserves at this location that reach more than 2 million cubic meters. There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board,

US $ 40  million

Manufactured Berylite, for use in agricultural applications, construction and filtering.

80,000 tons per year as a first phase

17

Exploitation of Quartz

Exploit 150 million tons of Quartz

Haradh Area, Hajja Governorate 80 km southeast of Haradh City.

There are reserves of Quartz at this location that reach 1 million cubic meters; There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 150 million

Berylite Concentrates

60 thousand tons per annum

18

Exploitation of  (Limestone) Calcium Carbonate

Set up a unit for the manufacturing of  Calcium Carbonate residue

Helan Area, Mareb Governorate

The total extracted  quantities from all the quarries reaching  452,800 tons annually, with mining residues of about 823,900 tons annually. There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 350,000 to 500,000

Pure Calcium Carbonate for the manufacture of:

- Paints

-Plastics

-Glass

-Glues

120,000 tons per year

19

Exploitation of  Stalactite Calcium Carbonate

Produce Stalactite  Calcium Carbonate

Sana'a Area

available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 130 million

Pure Calcium Carbonate

600,000 tons/ year

20

Exploitation of Scoria

Set up unit for developing uses of Scoria

Asbeel Area, 18 km east of Dhamar City

There are large  reserves and in different areas. There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 92,000

-Rock Wool

- prefabricated walls

- lightweight cinder blocks

480,000 tons for the production of rock wool

250 thousand tons per year for producing prefabricated walls

21

Exploitation of Rock Salt

Production of Industrial Salt and Table Salt

.Alluhayya Area, Hodeida Governorate, 65 km north of Hodeida City

There are large reserves and in different areas. There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 4 million

. Industrial Salt

-Table Salt

2 million tons of industrial salt and 70,000 tons of table salt per annum

22

Exploitation of Gypsum

Production of pure Gypsum at 92 – 97%.

Ruthoum Area, Shabwa Governorate, 160 km south west of Al-Mukalla.

There are large quantities of reserves of gypsum reaching 1 million cubic meters of gypsum.  There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

Undefined

- Gypsum for Cement Manufacturing

-For building works.

- Gypsum for Chalk manufacturing

35,000 tons per year

23

Exploitation of Marble

Exploit Marble in the Area.

Al-Qareiyah Area, Abyan Governorate, 160 km northeast of Aden.

There are reserves of raw marble at this location.  There are also studies available at the Geological Survey and Mineral Resources Board.

US $ 85 million

Marble Bricks and manufactured marble

72,000 m3 per year

 

 
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