TASHKENT, June 29 (TCA) -- Uzbekistan’s Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Plant (NMMP) in the fourth quarter of this year will begin the construction of a new plant for the production of emulsion explosives worth US $12 million, according to the NMMC.
The Uzbek Government has approved the feasibility study of the project to produce up to 30,000 tons of explosives per year. The construction will be completed within two years.
The construction will be financed through NMMP’s own funds.
In July-August, the plant will announce a tender to select a general contractor for the project.
The new plant will supply emulsion explosives for blasting works at the Zarmitan gold mine in the Samarkand region.
In August 2010, NMMP commissioned a gold-fitting unit at the Mining and Metallurgical Plant-4 in Zarmitan. Currently, the capacity of MMP-4 is 1.1 million tons of ore per year. The whole complex in three stages with the capacity of 1.8 million tons of ore per year will be built in 2013, and by the end of 2015 it will reach its full capacity.
In 2002, the German Dynamit Nobel commissioned a plant producing emulsion explosives at NMMP worth $10 million and a capacity of 45,000 tons of explosives per year. The new production facility had been providing the domestic mining industry with explosives, being able to refuse imports of raw materials. With the extension of its resource base, NMMP has to increase the amount of blasting and explosives supplies.
The Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Plant is one of the largest state-owned gold producers in Central Asia. Gold production at NMMP in recent years totaled about 60-65 tons with a total production of this metal in the country of about 90 tons. The industrial complex of NMMP includes four metallurgical plants -- in Navoi (MMP-1), Zarafshan (MMP-2), Uchkuduk (MMP-3) and Zarmitan (MMP-4).