Black sand separation, concentration industrial complex to provide 5,000 jobs: official

The Chairman of the Board of the Egyptian Black Sand Company, Major General Magdy al-Taweel, has confirmed that the project of the complex of plants for the concentration and separation of heavy economic minerals extracted from black sand.

It is a project of high economic feasibility and attractive for investments, adding to this project offers 5,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the governorates.

The project aims to concentrate and separate economic minerals extracted from black sand and its initiative is in cooperation with foreign expertise and the Nuclear Materials Authority to locate modern technologies for this technology, he added.

Taweel said – in a speech during the opening of the black sand factory complex in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate in the presence of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – that the black sand tailings are on the Mediterranean coast. in the region of Abu Qir in the west to Rafah in the east and on the Red Sea coast from south of Marsa Alam to south of Berenice and Lake Nasser.

He pointed out that an integrated feasibility study of the project has been prepared by major international companies working in the mining field.

The feasibility study lasted three years and included the economic feasibility study of the project, the environmental impact study, the marketing study and the study of the mining reserve.

He explained that the project aims to establish new industrial complexes, as these minerals have a wide range of industrial applications in addition to their ability to be processed.

He added that he aims to maximize added value.

This means creating giant industrial entities as well as earning economic returns and providing foreign currency by covering the local market for minerals and exploiting the growing global demand by exporting the surplus.

The project produces many important economic minerals which are included in many strategic industries such as germanite and rutile, which are a major source for the production of metallic titanium, which is included in important strategic industries such as the manufacture of structures of aircraft, missiles, submarines. , space vehicles and prostheses, as well as the production of titanium dioxide.

These are used in the manufacture of paints, dyes, paper, leather and medical preparations, Taweel said.

The project also produces zircon metal, which is used in the manufacture of ceramics, sanitary ware, glass, alloys, motors, dental accessories and furnace linings.

According to Taweel, magnetite is used in the manufacture of sponge iron, high quality cast iron, high temperature concrete and mineral fertilizers.

It is also used to remove salinity from soil.

Garnet is a mineral used in the manufacture of laurel stones, sandpaper, water filters, marble and granite cutting by air and water pressure, while zircon is a major source of rare-earth elements that are used in the manufacture of electronic chips used in high-tech industries such as smart phones, electric cars and a secondary source of cerium and uranium, he added.

He explained that mining in many countries is the main source of their wealth and the strength of their economy, because it does not need expensive raw materials like other industries, but rather needs appropriate planning to maximize the yield and benefits from natural resources and to manage these resources in a sound economic manner.

Taweel said the Egyptian Black Sand Company was established as an Egyptian joint stock company in cooperation with the National Service Projects Organization, Nuclear Materials Authority, National Investment Bank, Kafr Governorate el-Sheikh and the Egyptian Mineral Resources Company.

Taweel explained that the project, which starts production on Wednesday in the Borollos region of Kafr el-Sheikh, consists of two groups of factories.

The first group consists of the “Long Live Egypt” dredger produced by the Dutch company Damen with a production capacity of 2,500 tons/hour, and the floating concentrate plant for the extraction of economic heavy metal concentrate from black sand with a production rate of 158 tonnes/hour. hour.

The first group of plants is located along the international coastal highway and the Mediterranean coast, at a distance of 12 km northwest of the separation plant complex, he said.

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