2 January 2013

Tunisia: A Study for Re-Opening Phosphate Mine in Meknassi Region - Industry Minister

Tunis — Industry Minister Mohamed Lamine Chakhari said, on Wednesday, that the Gafsa Phosphate company (CPG) was entrusted with carrying out a study for re-opening the phosphate mine, located in the Meknassi region in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid (midwest).

During a plenary session of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) devoted to hearing the government, the Minister underlined that the studies that had been achieved from 1928 to 1992 revealed the existence of a phosphate stock estimated at 6 million tonnes, which could be exploited in this mine, in addition to 100 million tonnes of uncertain reserves.

Answering the NCA members' questions, the Industry Minister specified that the CPG disposes of material and human means helping to achieve this study, with the collaboration of the National Mining Institute and the General Mining Management (DGM).

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