UAE mineral big eyes Pakistani mining enterprise

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KARACHI:

The United Arab Emirate’s largest uncooked and value-added mineral provider and importer, Nationwide Belief (NT), has entered right into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Pakistani agency to develop a strategic partnership with an funding of 30 million UAE Dirham to mine, purchase, and course of aluminium ore in Punjab and doubtlessly export it to the Center East.

In a notification to the Pakistan Inventory Alternate (PSX), Kohinoor Spinning Mills Restricted (KSML) introduced the event on Monday, stating, “We’re in critical discussions with UAE and Pakistan-based stakeholders to rework the (textile) firm right into a mining and mineral expertise firm as KOMS is strategically positioned close to mineral reservoirs and possesses an enormous space of 81.5 acres (652 Kanals) of freehold land.”

NT plans to speculate roughly 30 million UAE Dirham (round Rs2.5 billion) in establishing a uncooked and value-added mineral-based enterprise in Pakistan.

For this function, KOSM intends to put in an Ore Beneficiation Plant with the sponsorship of NT of their present facility to course of bauxite (aluminium ore) to enhance its purity, and it could take solely six to eight months to be prepared as NT shall prepare all technical and procurement help on this regard.

KOMS shall be a associate on this mission, managing and allocating its amenities in Chakwal and sorting all authorities approvals.

“The board of administrators has agreed to pursue the strategic partnership with The Nationwide Belief Holdings, Abu Dhabi, UAE by way of its subsidiary EMNOC… has authorised its CEO to execute and implement this mission,” the native firm mentioned within the notification.

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Bauxite (aluminium ore) is obtainable in extra amount within the Khushab space and is especially utilized by aluminium refineries worldwide to supply aluminium. “NT and KOMS have executed full floor analysis and laboratory surveys by way of SGS Pakistan.”

Other than bauxite, Pakistan has reserves of barite, calcium fluoride (fluorspar), copper, phosphate, and so on., and NT has additionally proven curiosity in procuring these minerals by way of KOMS.

The native firm, positioned in Chakwal and in shut proximity to the Khushab space, has plans to safe leases for some mines on this area the place there are hundreds of thousands of tonnes of bauxite reserves.

NT has been importing minerals primarily from Africa and different international locations however has by no means sourced them from Pakistan. It is likely one of the largest uncooked and value-added mineral suppliers and importers within the UAE, supplying well-known corporations within the GCC, together with Emirates Gulf Aluminium and Adnoc.

KOMS has additionally put in a 2MW solar energy plant with the help of a Singapore-based inexperienced expertise fund, it added.

Printed in The Categorical Tribune, November 28th, 2023.

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