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September 2018, No. 88


Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex

Hossein Babaei, Managing Director of Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex

Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex in Zarand is one of the major iron ore reserves in Iran located in Kerman Province, 35 km northwest of the city of Zarand, and the span of the mine area is 28 square km. The way to reach the complex is through taking 18 km of the asphalted Zarand-Bafq-Yazd road and 15 km of the exclusive passway to the mine. The definite reserve of the complex is 187 million tons with an average grade of 43.51 percent of which 558 million tons of tailings could be extracted which, in comparison with the total tailing of the mine, will be 5.38. The nominal capacity of the annual extraction is 6 million tons. The activities conducted so far include exploratory activities of the Russians (1344-1354) [1965/66 1975/76] and exploratory activities of Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO) from 1379 (2000/01) to 1382 (2003/04). Meanwhile, the MIDHCO (Middle East Mines Industries Development Holding Company) with a capacity of 4 million tons and Fakoor Sanat Tehran Company with an annual capacity of 600,000 tons which belong to the private sector are operating close to Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex by using products of the complex. 

Areas of Activities

The main activities of Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex are:

  • Supervision over iron ore extraction to supply the magnetite concentrate plant of Zarand Iranian Steel Company (private sector investment) with annual production capacity of 4 million tons of concentrate

  • Selling lump and granulated (tailing) iron ore to supply the hematite concentrate factory of Fakoor Sanat Tehran Company (private sector investment) with a production capacity of 600,000 tons of concentrate per year

  • The complex, in line with the mission IMIDRO (Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization) has undertaken for the development, empowerment and competitiveness of the mine and mining industries sector and conversion of the resources and products of this sector into sustainable wealth, as an affiliate of IMIDRO, which plays the leading role in supplying the minerals needed for the industrial development of the country, and a pioneer mining company in the domestic and international scenes, plays an important role in GDP and development of non-oil economy through the development of the mining sector. It is one of the complexes to provide feed for the steel companies in Iran and the region with a production capacity of:

  • 6 million tons of magnetite lump iron ore

  • 2.2 million tons of hematite granulated and lump iron ore for providing feed for the downstream industries

  • Meanwhile, in compliance with the implementation of Article 44 of the Constitution (on privatization) and in order to take advantage of the private sector investment and potentials and boosting production, as of October 22, 2016 the mine was entrusted to Zarand Iranian Steel Company under the supervision of IMIDRO within the framework of making investment.

History of the Discoveries

  • Beginning the study on Central Iran geological structure since 1309 (1930/31)

  • Discovery of anomalies in this area in 1343 (1964/65)

  • Exploring operations by the former Soviet Techno Export Company in the years 1344 (1965/66) to 1354 (1975/76)

  • Discovery of 6 anomalies (including Zarand, Najafabad, Jalalabad, XL, XXXIX, XXXVIII deposits) and an estimation of 340 million tons of iron ore

  • Stopping exploration operations in 1354 and resuming the operations in 1379 (2000/01)

  • Conducting additional exploration studies from 1379 to 1382 (2003/04) by Kavoshgaran Consulting Engineers

  • Focusing exploratory studies on Zarand deposit

Iron Ore Reserves in Western & Southern Areas

  • Geological reserve for the deposit with a cut-off grade of 20 percent in the western area is 75.5 million tons and the average grade is 11.39 percent.

  • Geological reserve for the deposit with a cut-off grade of 20 percent in the southern area is 17.3 million tons and the average grade is 19.41 percent.

  • Resumption of exploratory drilling operations for 6,000 meters of drilling with the steering participation of the Zarand Iranian Steel Company

Establishment of an Integrated Management System (IMS)

  • Establishing an Integrated Management System (IMS) with 2008 edition in Khordad 1389 (May/June 2010)

  • In accordance with international standards

  • System maintenance by the end of 1395 (2016/17) for a period of 6 years

Establishment of an Integrated Management System (IMS)

  •  Establishing an Integrated Management System (IMS) with 2015 edition in Mehr 1396 (Sept/Oct 2017)

Development plans

  • Continuing exploration and drilling operations in the operation area of the mine with steering participation

  • Increasing iron ore extraction capacity to 6 million tons and tailing to 32 million tons per year

  • Improving productivity in mine extraction and tailing operations

  • Water recovery from the tailing of the hematite concentrate factory of Fakoor Sanat Tehran Company (50% water saving).

 

Present Reserve of Jalalabad Iron Ore Mine

FeO (%)

P (%)

S (%)

Fe (%)

Tonnage (ton)

16.9

0.067

1.35

40.37

191,503,804

Performance of HSE Unit first quarter of 1397

Description

Performance of 1396

Performance of 1397

Plan of 1397

Coefficient of number of incidents

1.57

0

0.58

Coefficient of severity of incidents

0

0

0.01

Extracted tonnage 1383 to 1396 (2004/05 to 2017/18)

Year

Tailing

Iron ore

Total

1383

835,677

172,344

1,008,021

1384

370,402

1,348,613

1,719,016

1385

192,645

940,561

1,133,205

1386

1,719,658

1,225,421

2,945,079

1387

2,443,820

1,483,848

3,927,668

1388

7,897,240

839,925

8,737,165

1389

17,138,832

4,144,308

21,283,141

1390

16,070,314

2,433,231

18,503,545

1391

12,197,746

4,376,572

16,574,317

1392

11,565,922

4,250,156

15,816,078

1393

7,876,481

3,177,085

11,053,566

1394

15,219,183

2,844,832

18,064,015

1395

15,299,303

1,596,819

16,896,122

1396

5,301,024

620,490

5,921,514

Total

114,128,247

29,454,205

143,582,452

 

Jalalabad Iron Ore Complex

Tel.: (+98) 034 33420343

Fax: (+98) 034 33420341

Web: www.jio258.ir

 

 

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