interviews

Potash Khor Complex plans to implement mine exploration development plans

According to your report and economics: Ali Alavi Naini, director of Potash Khor and Biabank Complex, said: Receiving a certificate from the Middle Playa Potash Mine and exploring the Mehrjan Playa Area with an estimated 2 million cubic meters of storage is also part of this year’s expansion plans. He added: Exploration of evaporative minerals zone of Konarak and Chabahar and attempting to obtain a certificate of discovery is another mining activity of the complex. Alavi Nayini said: Design of new bridges and construction of pumps for pumping sorghum minerals and commencement of construction work on 1,000 tons of calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide, and commencement of construction of the first tourism sample area in east of Esfahan province. Khor and Biabank are another part of a year’s activities at the complex. Potash Khor and Biabank Complex The first potash producer in the country is located 2 kilometers east of the center of Isfahan province.

Source: You and the Economy

Mineral tourism brings employment and entrepreneurship

“Iran is one of the world’s tourism potentials; investing in this area can undoubtedly lead to inclusive employment, especially for young people in the country, and mines that are geotourism-enabled, can be mined or abandoned, or abandoned. “Undoubtedly, mining tourism can have great potential for employment and entrepreneurship, and there is a clear horizon in this area in the future.”

What factors make mines particularly important for tourist attractions?

Mining tourism these days has become one of the booming branches of nature tourism or geotourism. Mine tourism, of course, is precisely the focal point of human and natural tourism, as human beings have created a new and exquisite landscape with the changes in the natural environment in the form of mines that can be one of the most fascinating and pure experiences for tourists to visit. Mining tourism is in fact one of the geotourism branches in the world and has become a source of income for countries. In fact, another mine is not only valuable in that it can be extracted from precious stones and minerals, but even after it has been abandoned it can be a source of income and employment. Mining tourism in some places has become one of the most profitable types of tourism Many countries around the world are taking the opportunity to revive their abandoned mines. Even with the link between the tourism industry and the mining industry, they have been able to take positive steps to alleviate the poverty of the lower population. In fact, mining tourism can play an important role in reducing poverty in rural areas, and by opening up new territories, it opens up existing potentials to attract tourists.

When did the country start paying more attention to the mineral tourism plan? And what organizations in the mining sector are involved?

This project was first discussed in the Department of Mining, Ministry of Industry, Mining and Commerce of the Mineral Tourism Project and in this regard, it investigated the potential tourism mines and in this regard the Mining Production and Production Company, the mines covered by this company that are capable of implementing the said plan. We have identified and are implementing this plan through the selection of consultants and in coordination with relevant organizations.

What has Iranian Minerals Production and Production Company done in the field of mineral tourism?

Potash Khor and Biabank Mine as the largest salt zone and the first saltwater mine in the country provided the necessary conditions for the presence of tourists at the initial level and sought to attract private investor in order to use all potentials for the presence of tourists of different dimensions. . This huge Shorea mine is one of the favorite attractions of Iranian and foreign tourists, which is visited by about 2,000 people this year. The purpose of this area is to develop tourism in the country’s mines. The 30-meter-long salt waterfall, recreation complex, handicrafts exhibit, water storage, alcove, and accommodation suites are other areas of the resort. Also, agricultural and palm fields, sand ponds, restaurants and cafes, motorcycles, Aphrodite and sports fields are other parts of the Potas Khor and Biobank Complex Tourism Plan. Next to the salt village of Playa, as part of the tourist complex, there is an observatory, a salt bath as well as a swimming pool complex. Every year, especially during the Nowruz holidays, we see local and foreign tourists visiting the potash and desert banks. Baichide Garden Copper Mine and Nalmec Lead are other mines on the list of Impasco Tourism Plans. The implementation of the tourism project and the Central Alborz Coal Mining Museum with the appointment of a consultant with the Shahid Beheshti University of Mazandaran is ongoing.

Which countries have had the most mining activity in geotourism? In which province are there more examples of mineral tourism in Iran? Please explain.

Many countries have entered the geotourism field of mines, among them Germany. Mining in Germany is not very strong, but the creation of mineral museums is significant. Iran also has access to the mining sector with the right capacities, but mining experts believe that success in this area requires culture. Other countries, such as the United States, Japan, South Africa, and Poland, have also been active in mining geotourism. In this regard, the University of Michigan Tourism Information Center easily estimates that 50 percent of Americans are land tourists. In fact, these statistics mean that about ?? Millions of people are included in this year and this number is expected to soon be ??? Reach millions. Semnan province’s Chahar Abad salt mine is one of the mines prone to tourism. Also Mouteh and lead and zinc mines in Angoran in the protected area, one of the good mines for tourists to visit is recently listed in the implementation plan of the Iranian Mineral Production Company.

What are the geotourism mines in most countries?

Mainly gold mines, precious stones such as garnet, quartz, beryl and rock salt. Coal mines are more attractive to visitors. The reason for the attention of the relevant organizations to these mines is the attractiveness of the extractive materials and the method of extraction for these people. Coal mines are also interesting for visitors because they can observe the underground through these mines.

What are the potentials of the emerging mineral tourism industry?

The emerging mineral tourism industry has a high potential for attracting capital and employment in rural areas. The strengths of this emerging industry is the use of potentials created in the country that lacks inorganic minerals and can generate strong links with other types of tourism and nature tourism, land tourism and rural tourism, science and tourism by implementing various mineral tourism projects. Etc. Provided. Due to economic leaps and resistance to financial crises, mines at the beginning of their activity lead to social development in remote areas and the creation of labor and employment markets. But the reserves of each mine will undoubtedly end one day and eventually become a deserted area. It is at this time that a deserted mine can be created as a tourist area. In fact, turning the abandoned mine into a tourism site or site, in addition to boosting economic indicators, improves the geographical features of the region and stabilizes it because it has a revitalizing and constructive character, enriches ugly areas and enriches poor areas, and even It can be designed and anticipated from the outset of mine design to protect the environment and rebuild the operational area. It is worth noting that depending on the conditions of the mine, it is sometimes possible to create conditions for the creation of a tourist tourism environment during the exploitation period and before the reserves run out.

In the end, if anything goes unanswered, please let me know.

Concerning mining tourism, good things have just happened in the country and it can be said that this is a new and emerging topic in Iran. Given that Iran is one of the world’s tourism potentials, investing in this area can undoubtedly lead to widespread employment, especially for young people in the country, and mines capable of being active in geotourism can be mined and exploited or extracted. The mines are deserted. Undoubtedly, mining tourism can have great potential for employment and entrepreneurship, and there is a clear horizon in this field in the future. Many years ago, mining in one area, exploitation and extraction for the people of the region was nothing more than pollution, ups and downs, but by boosting the mining tourism debate, we could develop an effective economic activity in the mining areas, which in turn Benefit the people of these areas, who live mostly in deprived areas and villages, as well as create employment for their youth. Obviously, this issue will be subject to the requirements of each mine, and some mines will not be able to do so.

Source of Impasco

Potash Khor and Biabank Complex become the country’s mineral tourism hub

Director of Potas Khor and Biabank Complex declared: The complex of tourism will become the country’s mineral tourism hub.

According to the Public Relations Organization of the Mines and Minerals Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IMIDRO), Ali Alavi Nayini during a joint visit of the IMIDRO staff to the Potas Khor and Biabank Mining Tourism Development Complex with the above announcement, added: Becoming a tourism tourism hub is the country.

He noted that the number of tourists visiting the Nowruz holiday has been about 6,000, while over the past week, 7,000 people have visited the complex’s Cascade and Salt Village tourism complex, indicating the growth of mineral tourism in the area.

Approval of new investment

Director of Potas Khor and Biabank Complex added: So far, about 2 million USD has been invested for tourism complex of Cascade and Salt Village. Recently, Imidro Investment and Economic Management has approved the development of a tourism complex in the complex in the first phase of 1 billion USD and in the second phase up to 5 billion USD. A group of Imidro experts also visited other attractions in the area while visiting the factory, the evaporative pools, the waterfall and the salt village of Potash Khor and Biabank Complex.

Construction work on the Potash Salt Village Master Plan was launched in the short term from December to the end of the year, including: Salt Waterfall, Salt Coffee Shop and Salt Accommodation Suites. The salt village of the complex was put into operation on September 5, too. In the next phases of the project, the hotel, observatory and plantarium, clay sports fields (beach volleyball, beach football) will be added to the brackish swimming pool, boating lake, salt bath and facilities for safari and honeycomb desert.

Leading in obtaining certification certification

Potash Khorobiabank Complex was able to maintain the validity of ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 certifications with three distinct strengths during its first prudential audit on November 2 and 4, this year. It has also been certified as the first company in the Iranian Minerals Production and Production Company to establish the Certified Occupational Health and Safety Management System at all units according to ISO 45001: 2018 requirements.

Source: Imidro

Get to know Iran’s saltiest tourist area

The salt and desert village of Khor is one of the main capacities in the region to attract tourists.

Expanding News: Due to the unique and unique capacities of this desert region, mineral tourism for the first time is being defined and implemented as an Imidro investment project for the first time. By completing this project, an effective step will be taken towards the sustainable development of the region as well as the substantial employment of young people.

The world’s first salt waterfall on the largest seasonal salt lake in Khorobiabank, along with the salt village on Nowruz holidays, has hosted more than 1,000 domestic and foreign tourists so far. We have a conversation about the attractive capacities of this area with Ali Alavi, CEO of Khor and Biabank Tourism:

* How long did it take to build the Salt Village Project?

Most of the facilities in the Khorobiabank Salt Village were built during the last six months of the first phase of the Tourism Village, and after the enthusiastic welcome of tourists during the Nowruz year, additional measures were taken and the necessary infrastructure was prepared. All services, installations and equipment needed for the construction of Potash Salt Village have been provided by domestic producers so far and in the next phases we will strive to maximize the use of domestic production and service capacity.

* How much funding was allocated for this project and what plans do you have for completing it?

The total cost of this project to obtain qualified consultants, conduct feasibility studies, obtain licenses and establish tourism facilities in the Salt Village has been approximately $ 4 billion since the beginning. According to the project consultant’s estimate, the budget needed to implement Phase 2 and complete the tourism facility in the area of ​​2 billion Rials is more than 5 billion Rials in line with the implementation of the general policies of Article 6 of the Constitution to invest in the private sector for investment in construction and operation. Plan to use.

If it is not possible for the investor to come out of the private sector for any reason, we will proceed with the implementation of the project from the internal resources of Imidro.

What was your most important goal in establishing this collection?

The Potash Khorobiabank Complex Tourism Master Plan is the most attractive and innovative non-industrial-mineral design defined in the Iranian Mines and Minerals Development and Renovation Organization due to the huge potential of mineral tourism, geotourism and ecotourism in the unique Khorubiabank Desert and Mining Salted potash is defined. Activating the Potential Tourism Potential of Khorobiabank Mine With a particular focus on the comprehensive cultural, social and economic development of the region and turning existing threats and opportunities into opportunities, the most important objective is to implement the Khorobiabank Tourism Master Plan.

On average, 3 people visit this collection daily. The salt waterfall of this complex is located 2 m north of Potash Khorobiabank Mining Complex, 2 km east of Khorobiabank city center and Khor to Tabas communication route.

* What has been the impact of the salt village on employment?

Creating sustainable employment in the city is one of the strategies of construction of Potas Khorobiabank tourism sample area. Because of the constraints on job creation due to poor infrastructure despite the availability of natural resources such as mines, and the migration of young people to large cities, it is considered a threat to the city that we will try to implement with the Potash Tourism Master Plan, part of this restriction. To fix it. The employment prospects of this tourism project are complemented by phases 1 and 2 of which more than 2 direct and 2 indirect.

* What is your target for attracting tourism in the area?

Khorobiabank city is currently an ecological hub of Isfahan province and is a kind of country of Iran. Every year many local and foreign tourists choose the city as a tourist destination.

Our target for attracting tourists is defined in 5 dedicated areas with cascading titles in the desert, health in the desert, recreation in the desert, sports in the desert, nature in the desert and history in the desert, and God willing, with full implementation of the master plan and construction of the tourism sample area Potash Khorobiabank We will provide a complete tourism package to our beloved domestic and foreign tourists.

* How effective do you find the use of mining capacities in tourism development?

Although the Potash Khorobiabank Complex has been at the forefront of the country in the field of Mine Tourism, there are certainly numerous capacities to implement such projects in the country, especially in privately owned or abandoned mines. It is interesting to know that one of the goals of Imidro organization in realizing its social responsibilities is to make tourism of mines with tourism capacity. As a matter of fact, in addition to the Potash Tourism Plan, it has implemented several other in-depth tourism plans.

Source: News spread

The estuary and the desert become a global geopark

This year, with the presence of a private-sector investor specializing in tourism, we will be launching a major project for the Potas Khor and Biobank Tourism Complex and the UNESCO Global Geoparks (UNESCO Global Geoparks) registration facility.

According to the Public Relations of Iran Minerals Production and Production Company, Ali Alavi Nayini, Director of Potash Khor & Biabank Complex said: Tourism plan of Potash Khor and Biabank Complex is one of the most attractive and creative non-industrial-mineral projects defined in the organization. Development and modernization of Iran’s mines and industries.

He added that in view of the huge potential of inorganic tourism, geotourism and ecotourism in Khor and Biabank desert region and unique potash mine, the Potash Khor and Biabank comprehensive tourism plan was defined in the year and after administrative procedures in the year. ۹۶ Cultural Heritage and Tourism licenses were obtained.

He said public interest in the region’s environmental conditions and potash mining, along with the unique natural landscapes and unique rural desert culture, prompted Imidro to approve and approve the Potas Tourism Plan in the Investment Committee in year 6.

The director of the Potash Khor and Biabank Complex noted that the call for evaluation and identification of tourism investment has also been approved following Imidro’s approval of Year 6 and the qualification of participants for the first stage has been approved.

Alavi Naiini added: “The final phase of the call will also be in the form of an auction plan to build, equip and operate the Potash Khor and Biabank Tourism Complex.”

Source: Impasco

Interview with Engineer Alavi Honorable Director of Potash Khorubiabank Complex with Economics News

Some see the Potash Khor and Biabank unit as a political plan with no economic justification, while around 5,000 tons of potash are needed annually by the country, and Ali Alavaini, head of the Potash Khor and Biabank Complex, believes that the chemical, military, pharmaceutical industries And Iran’s food needs this mineral. Therefore, in an interview with the CEO of Potash Factory, Economics News discussed the problems of the industry, its production status, its import and export. In an interview with The Economist, he says one of the problems at the plant is attracting investors because the potash production in the country has not been taken into account and the government has not invested in the necessary infrastructure.

What is the current state of production in the company, and given the slump in the world mining market, how many percent of your capacity have you worked in the past 9 months?

After launching the potash plant in April of this year and successfully launching operations in August of this year, to produce 3 tons of potash per month in the planning period and during the last 6 months according to the startup plan, about 5 tons of potash production and in the depot plant warehouse. Has been. Although we are in a state of market stagnation, but because the potash is already imported and the consumption of the country exceeds our production, these conditions have not had much impact on the business, and certainly with the lifting of sanctions and getting out of stagnation. Production capacity will increase by 5% next year.

This plan creates employment for some people directly and indirectly, and does the company earn enough money to pay for its employees?

Currently, 2 work directly and more than 2 work indirectly. Currently, the three factories that were originally designed and developed have reached the potash processing plant, which is at the beginning of the road, so the complex is still a design and one should not expect that its initial revenue would be sufficient for staff costs. Be it. Two other products, salt and dust control, snow and ice melt, are currently available, but only because of lack of infrastructure in the area, such as railways, and gas pipelines. If possible, these products will be marketed at minimal cost. The only problem with the complex is the failure to properly sell its potash production per month. It should be noted that the current costs of the complex will be met if 6 tonnes of potash are produced per month.

What is the country’s annual need for potash annually and in what industries is it used and what is its use?

Currently, about 2,000 tons of potash is needed per year, with 5% of the world’s potash being used for agricultural purposes and the other 2% consumed in the chemical, military, pharmaceutical, food, etc. industries. Potassium is an industrial name for potassium chloride compounds, such as potassium chloride, potassium sulfate, potassium nitrate, etc. Due to the high chlorine content of soil in most parts of the country, potassium chloride produced is converted to other potassium compounds including potassium sulfate.

Is a development plan considered? If so, how will its resources be funded?

Since the beginning of the project definition in the Country Management and Planning Organization, designs have been made for the construction of three factories, so far the only potash plant has been put into operation. Magnesium Hydroxide Plant Delayed Due to Input Feed From Potash Plant Wastewater It was postponed until the start up of Potash Plant, which is currently being investigated and attracted investor. One of the main reasons that the third plant is not industrial salt. There is no proper investor and infrastructure in the area. In addition to these two plants, two other projects have been approved by the Investment Committee of Iran Mines and Mineral Industries (Imidro) this year. The first is the Calcium Chloride Production Plan from the Solar Evaporative Pool Wastewater and the other Magnesium Chloride Production Plan from the plant’s effluent. Is. A call for identification of qualified contractors has also been prepared and one of the two plans will soon be announced.

The Potash Khor and Biabank plan is seen as a political project with no economic justification. To what extent is this true and is it profitable as an economic enterprise?

The project was not economical at the start of the project, for two main reasons. One low grade potash compared to other mines in operation around the world and another reason for the price of compass that was around $ 2 per tonne in those years (though it had reached $ 8 per tonne) but At present, the world potash price is $ 5 per tonne, which justifies the low grade potash in the mine, so it is now economically feasible to operate the mine. Initial studies and design are based on the production of three products, potassium, salt and magnesium hydroxide, one of which has so far been exploited. On the other hand, given the global cost of potash, with the capacity of the potash plant reaching capacity and even without the launch of two more plants, the plan is economically justified, though by completing the entire project, namely construction of two more plants and processing of other minerals in the potash. Not only the scheme will be economical, but it will also have significant benefits. Of course, now that the private sector investment policy is in the projects, the government must consider appropriate infrastructure. One of the main reasons for the lack of investor attraction and sales of industrial salt product is the lack of rail in the region. The availability of other infrastructures, including gas, water and electricity, will help launch new projects and transform the region into an industrial hub that will produce evaporative minerals and sub-industries. It is also worth noting that there are about 4 large and small playa in Iran, which can be used as a pilot for saltwater reservoirs in the country and the experience gained in this project is the path of mines and other factories. Be it. The complex is currently capable of engineering and building new salt factories in the country.

Which countries are the largest potash producers in the Middle East and in the world, and what is Iran’s position in the world potash production?

Khorobiabank Potash Complex is the first and only potash producer in the country. In the Middle East, the occupied Jordan and Palestine producing potash are among the major potash producing countries in the world, producing a total of 1.2 million tonnes per year. Canada is the top producer of potash in the world, with 2.6 million tonnes, Russia with 1.2 million tonnes and Belarus with 2 million tonnes. It is really unfortunate that in Iran, with its rich potash reserves, there is only one production unit with a low capacity.

What other byproducts are produced in the company besides potash and what are their uses?

Products currently available on the market include solid dust and snow control and ice melting solution. Industrial salt with a purity of between 2% and 3% for its petrochemical and hydrate uses. Enriched salt, a combination of salts and other compounds used to melt snow and ice on passages. However, downstream salt industries such as caustic soda and sodium carbonate, downstream potash industries, including potash with a purity of 0.8% for edible and medical uses, other potassium-containing compounds including potassium sulfate, magnesium compounds such as oxide, hydroxide and chloride As well as calcium chloride and other compounds present in brine are part of the future production plan. In addition, the potassium complex was not unaware of the downstream potash industries (eg conversion of potassium chloride to potassium sulfate). In addition to building a pilot plant with a production capacity of 5 tonnes of potassium sulfate per year, it is planning to develop other downstream industries from Also included is the production of potash with laboratory and oral grades. Processing of other compounds available in the country, which are currently in the development plans of Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide and Magnesium Chloride, are underway.

What are the most important issues currently facing the potash production in Iran?

Numerous areas that are prone to mining and potash production Identify that most of the mines are in areas where there is no infrastructure needed for investment, access roads, water, electricity, gas, rail, telecommunications, etc. The job is left to the private investor. So in addition to one of the problems, investor attraction, the main reason that potash production has not been addressed in the country has been the lack of government investment to build the necessary infrastructure.

What is the state of export and import of potash to the country and what are the countries of origin and destination?

Most of the potash comes from Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan, and exports were negligible because of lack of domestic production. In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that the exploration operations in the Middle Playa Khor and Biabank area are on the complex agenda this year and the necessary infrastructure for exploration in the area has been provided with the assistance and cooperation of Iran Mining Company. This year, the operation of the plant for the production of calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide production will fall from the effluent of the solar evaporation pools and the discovery of the middle playa, and geotourism operations will begin in the area.

Source of Economics News

Approval of Construction Plan of Potasse Tourism Sample Area in Isfahan Province Cultural Heritage Working Group

According to Mine 2, Ali Alavi Naii, director of the Potas Khorobiabank Complex, said: “Since the middle of the year, tourism has begun in phase one, including the construction of a salt waterfall, 2 salt suites and a coffee shop in the complex.

He added: During the New Year holidays, about 6,000 tourists visited the Potas Khor and Biabank Tourist Complex, which motivated the visitors to identify all the potentials and attractions of the complex in the form of a comprehensive tourism plan. To present.

Alavi Naii noted: After preparing the master plan, a Memorandum of Understanding between Iran Mineral Production Company and General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism of Isfahan province was concluded with the theme of activating tourism potentials of KhorubiBank mine and then we were able Obtain the approval of Imidro Investment Committee to attract investors.

He noted: Last week at the meeting of Isfahan Province Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Working Group, with the presence of Zargarpur, Isfahan Governor and Head of Cultural Heritage, Mohammad Ali Torefi, Deputy of Civil Affairs and Deputy Head of Cultural Heritage and The secretariat of the province’s Cultural Heritage Bureau held a meeting with senior executives and experts. The plan to establish the Potas Tourism Complex in Khor and Biabank (east of Isfahan province) was reviewed and then approved by the working group.

Director of Potash Khor & Biabank Complex stated: The announcement of investor attraction of Potash Khor and Biabank Tourism Master Plan has been published through numerous newspapers and we hope that with the help of private sector investor will witness the development of tourism industry in Potash Complex and the entire city of Khor Let’s be wild.

Potash Khor & Biabank Complex is one of the largest potash producers in the Middle East.

Source: Mine 24

Currency exchange made imported potash cheaper.

Sara Asghari: The domestic potash price has been affected by the global downturn, with the only potash producer in our country being the estuary and desert bank. However, due to the domestic demand for potash, this unit is not working at full capacity and there is significant import of this material which has also reduced domestic prices.

The issue that has caused the potash to be imported into the country, in addition to the domestic need, is the subsidy and exchange currency that has been allocated to the agricultural sector for imports, which has forced the domestic producer to sell more for sale.

Production of 4-5 thousand tons of domestic potash

Regarding the global potash price and its impact on domestic prices, the head of the potash unit and Biabank said in a candid interview: It is about a year since the global price of potash has been in a downward trend. Of course, in the past month, the potash price has risen again, but the uptrend has not been very high and there is little hope of returning to the last $ 1 to $ 2. Currently the price is around $ 2 and the domestic potash price has fallen following the global price. Previously, potash was sold for 1 million tons and now reduced to one million tomans. “Because the government does not support the industry in particular, we cannot compete with imported potash unless we cut prices,” said Ali Alavainayini. Since the Potash production unit has been in operation for about a year, the unit has been producing between 6,000 and 6,000 tonnes. “Imports are high,” he said, “but there are no accurate statistics, and generally over 4,000 to 4,000 tons of potash and about 2 to 4 tons of sulfate are imported into the country.” Asked whether the supply and demand of potash is in equilibrium, he said, “With the amount of imports being made, there is generally a balance between supply and demand, but the Jihad Promotion and Service Center for direct consumption as well as factories. Sulfate is imported in exchange currency. He pointed to the use of potash: The most important and most used potash in agricultural industry is used as fertilizer. Other uses are in the petroleum and chemical industries and in edible and pharmaceutical applications. The head of Potash Khor and Biabank unit, pointing out that the potash khor and biabank unit is the only potash producer in the country, said: Isfahan or Qom Lake are currently working on equipping the potash unit and it will take several years to complete the operation. Reach. So we have the range in operation, but the only unit in operation is the estuary and the wilderness unit. Alavi Naini continued referring to the Khor and Biabank development plans, saying: “We have a development plan of 6,000 tons in the first year and 6,000 tons of potash in the second year.” We also have a sulfate project in the region of up to 5,000 tons, which supplies half of the country’s needs. Asked which direction the global potash price will go next year, he said: Given the recent uptick in potato prices, the potash price is likely to rise to $ 6 a month. And the domestic price will go up as well.

Exchange and subsidy made the potash cheaper.

The head of the Khor and Biabank Branch also said in a candid conversation about the global price of potash and its supply and demand in the country: Global prices declined last year and decreased by more than 5% of domestic prices. Behzad Saeedi also pointed out the balance of supply and demand: The most important problem with the system is that it has been imported in recent years. The exchange system is therefore intended for its import. On the other hand, agricultural services have paid subsidies to farmers in this regard. These two factors have caused farmers to receive two points for potash. So they tend to provide their own potash through imports. Saeedi continued: In recent years, agricultural services have also imported large quantities of potash and continue to use those reserves. So our sales have declined, as exchange-rate and agricultural service subsidies have made imports cheaper. “Of course we have fixed customers who buy our product through stock exchange and in fact we sell through stock exchange,” he said. In response to the question about the amount of imports into the country, he said: In the country, we have no credible authority in this field, everyone statistics declare that it is not very reliable. Some statistics are reported by the Jihad Center for Agricultural Promotion and Services. Some also import potash independently. Other consumers, such as sulfate factories and some cooperatives, also import this material. But in order to change tariffs, they change the type of goods. Instead of potash fertilizer, for example, they proclaim salt, as the tariff rate and selling price also vary. Therefore, accurate statistics cannot be reached through customs. “We have the capacity to produce 4 tonnes of potash per month, but we have production based on market demand,” said Khor and Biabank’s chief commercial officer about the unit’s production. It is difficult to store and maintain potash. Said about predicting the price of potash until next year: It is not possible to predict a price increase by half a year. But as the global situation changes by the end of next year, it will be possible to raise prices.

Source: smt

Potash-eater and desert on the road to success

Mining Group: The Khor and Biabank Potash Complex is now recognized as supplying part of the country’s demand for this mineral.

Of course, the plan is to build 4 factories, one of which has been set up so far, and in the near future we will see the construction of five more, along with the geotourism industry in the region. It is important to note that potassium is now well-priced on the world market, which has led to economic justification for this type of mineral activity. The CEO of the potash factory addressed the problems of the plant, producing, importing and exporting the mineral, saying that most of the potash came from Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan, and because there was no domestic production, exports were very low. Speaking about the problems of the industry, production, import and export, Ali Alavainayini stated: One of the problems of this factory is attracting investors because the production of potash in the country was not considered and it was necessary not to invest the government to build infrastructure. The CEO of Potash Factory also commented on the company’s situation due to the stagnation in the world market for mines: After the launch of Potash Factory in April of this year and the successful launch operation in August this year, it was planned to produce 1,000 tons of potash per month.

Depot 4,000 tons of potash

Alavi Naiini said that in the past six months, according to the launch plan, about 6,000 tons of potash has been produced and stored in the warehouse of the depot, adding: “Although we are in a state of market stagnation, but because potash is already imported and consuming the country. It is too much for our production, the current conditions will not have much impact, and with sanctions lifted and the recession lifted, production capacity will increase by 5% next year. The CEO of Potash Factory also said about the employment rate of the plant: Currently there are 5 people working directly and more than 6,000 indirectly. So far, five of the plants originally designed and designed have been put into operation at the beginning of the road. So the collection is still a plan and one should not expect that its initial income will be enough to pay for the staff. He added: “Other products, salt and dust control materials, snow and ice, are also available, but due to the lack of inadequate infrastructure in the area, such as railways, and the gas transmission line, only warehousing and storage are possible. The ability to market these products will result in minimal set costs. The only problem with the complex is the lack of success in selling its potash production per month. It should be noted that the current costs of the complex will be met if 6 tons of potash are produced per month.

Fundraising to set up processing plants

Asked whether the development plan was considered in this area, Alavai Nini said: Since the project’s definition in the country management and planning organization, construction projects have been carried out and so far only the potash plant has been put into operation. The magnesium hydroxide plant is also delaying construction of the potash plant because of its input feed from the potash plant wastewater and is currently being investigated and attracting investors. One of the most important reasons that the third plant, Industrial Salt, was not built, is the lack of investors and appropriate infrastructure in the region. In addition to these five plants, four other projects have been approved by the Investment Committee of the Iranian Mines and Minerals Development and Renovation Organization this year. The first project is the production of calcium chloride from the effluent of the solar evaporated pools and the other is the production of magnesium chloride from the effluent of the plant. Currently, the process of correspondence and consulting for the necessary credits (bank loan or imidro direct investment) is under consideration. . In addition, documents for the identification of qualified contractors will be prepared and soon one of these three plans will be selected. Alavi Naiini also commented on the economic cost of the project: There were three main reasons why the project was not economical at the time the project was started. One is a low grade potash compared to other mines in the world, and another is the low price of potash in those years, around $ 2 per tonne. He added: “In the current situation, the world price of potash is $ 6 per ton, which justifies the low grade potash in the mine and makes the exploitation of the mine economically viable.” Because of the potential cost of the potash, with the capacity of the potash plant reaching capacity and even without the launch of other plants, the plan has economic justification. However, with the completion of the entire project, the construction and commissioning of five more factories, as well as the processing of other minerals in the brine, the project will not only be economical but also have significant benefits.

There was no infrastructure in the area

According to the Potash plant CEO, the private sector’s investment policy is for projects that need appropriate infrastructure from the government. One of the main reasons for not attracting investors and selling industrial salt product is the lack of rail in the region. The availability of other infrastructures, including gas, water and electricity, will help launch new projects and transform the region into an industrial hub that will produce evaporative minerals and auxiliary industries. He pointed to existing problems in the way of potash production and said: “Most of the potash mines are located in areas where there is no infrastructure needed to invest.” Roads of access, water, electricity, gas, fuel, rail, telecommunications, and so on will leave the job to the private investor. According to Alavi Nayini, most of the potash imports into Iran come from Russia, Belarus and Uzbekistan, due to a lack of domestic production and low exports. However, exploration operations in the Middle Playa Khor and Biabank area are on the complex agenda this year and the necessary infrastructure for exploration in the area has been provided with the assistance and assistance of the Iranian Mining and Production Company. He expressed hope that by the end of this year, the operation of the plant for the production of calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide production would fall from the effluent of the solar evaporation pools and the discovery of the Middle Playa, and geotourism operations would begin in the area.

Source: Samat Newspaper

Ali Alavi Naii, Director of Iran Potash Khor and Biobank Complex in Need of Potash, Potash Reserves in Need of Attention

Potash is one of the great potentials of the country in the field of mineral deposits and there are many areas of these reserves in our country. So much of the salt reserves contain significant amounts of potash. Meanwhile, there are numerous brines from potash and other industrial salts in Iran. However, Iran has always been among the importers of potash and even the importers of this mineral-chemical reference currency. However, Potash Khor and Biabank Complex, as the only potash producer in Iran, has started production since year 6. But despite defining numerous plans and projects for investment and development, only part of them has been achieved. And the lack of sufficient infrastructure, such as electricity, gas, roads, etc., is part of the lack of investment. It should be noted, however, that other plans, including the creation of a tourism zone and even exploration, are being implemented by the Potash Khor and Biabank Complex. The tourism plan has been concluded and will soon be announced by the company in some parts of the country.

Potash Khor and Biabank Complex with nominal capacity of 4,000 tons per year, is the first and only potassium producer (potassium chloride) in Iran and one of the largest potash producers in the Middle East, which is currently operating at 5% of its nominal capacity. Other potash producers in the Middle East are also occupied by the Jordanian and Palestinian states, which use about 2.5 million tonnes of potash annually, using the Bahraini Shore. Canada, with 2.6 million tonnes, Russia with 1.2 million tonnes and Belarus with 2 million tonnes, tops the world potash production pyramid.

Potash market developments in Iran and worldwide

Although the price of potash was more than $ 2 a year in the past year, the overall rate of this mineral has been declining in recent years; Is. Last year’s price fluctuation was also between $ 1 and $ 2. Although the Potash Khor and Biabank Complex is the only potash producer in the country. However, because of the major demand for this product in the country through imports, and as the exchange currency is allocated to this product, the Potash Khor and Biobank complex have to comply with global prices to price it in order to compete with imports and maintain their sales market. Is a commodity. It should be noted that after the official opening of Potash Factory in year 5, due to its high purity production and in accordance with world standard, the complex has now rapidly gained its position in the country’s potash sales market. As such, the entire complex product is currently being sold solely through supply in the main stock exchange of the country.

Iran’s Potential for Mines and Potash Reserves

There are about 4 large and small playa mines in Iran, among them Potash Khor and Biabank mine as the richest potassium-grade shale mine in the country. Needless to say, there are other valuable areas for extraction of potash and other evaporative minerals such as magnesium and calcium in the country. To this end, the Potash Complex, using the experience gained over the past two decades and relying on the scientific expertise of local experts and indigenous experts, has been identifying and exploring other potential areas of the country since the discovery of the Middle Playa Playa with an area of ​​4,000,000. 2 square kilometers is over. At present, exploration of Mehrjan Playa Zone in the area of ​​1, 2 square kilometers, as well as exploration of evaporation of Sistan and Baluchestan province coasts in the area of ​​2 thousand square kilometers is on the agenda of Potash Khor and Biabank Complex. These areas will open a new window for the industry.

Potash Industry Position in Iran

Basically, the potash industry in Iran is an emerging industry and until now it has been limited to building a potash plant and biobank in the country. But the policy of the Organization for the Development and Renovation of Mines and Minerals of Iran (Imidro) and the Iranian Mining and Production Company (Impasco) is to establish potash and mineral-based factories in Khor and Biabank and other mines (Qom, Trood, Chabahar, etc.). ) To complete the industry value chain. In this regard, the Steering Committee for Evaporative Salt and Saline Resources of the country has been formed in Imidro organization and the feasibility study of the project of establishing a chemical park in Khor and Biabank and Chabahar area is being consulted with the advice of JOC China.

Source: Metals Online

Always a leader in production …

Khorobiabank Potash Complex is the first potash producer in Iran

Always a leader in production …

Khorobiabank Potash Complex

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