KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - An Armenian-German company was reported last week to have expressed a strong desire to invest in Sudan’s reserve of copper and its accompanying minerals.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Mining Abdalla Kodi has welcomed the company’s desire, indicating that his Ministry’s basic concern has become the promotion of the country’s minerals that help in the development of the country, in order to build the infrastructures of outlying areas and create jobs therein.
In 2017 Sudan agreed for the Saudi Copper Smelting Company to operate in the field of exploration and extraction of raw copper found in the concession square affiliated to the government Ariab mining company.
The Company planned to consign the raw copper to its smelter in Yanbou city in Saudi Arabia.
Sudan has a sizable reserve of copper which has not yet been adequately exploited. Copper reserves have been cited in Eastern Sudan and in the country’s South-West.
Ariab Company had announced that its Otaib Mine in the Red Sea Region has an estimated reserve of 5 million tons of copper and was in contact with international banks and funding firms to begin the exploitation of this reserve.
Araiab said its Mine also contains 150 tons of gold, 700,000 tons of zinc and 3,000 tons of silver.
The area of Hufrat Alnihas (literally the copper pit) in South Darfur State has a reserve of copper that had been traditionally exploited in the manufacturing of weapons, coins and other instruments, especially during the rule of Darfur’s famous Sultan Ali Dinar.
Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a pinkish-orange color. Copper is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, as a building material, and as a constituent of various metal alloys, such as sterling silver used in jewelry, cupronickel used to make marine hardware and coins, and constantan used in strain gauges and thermocouples for temperature measurement.
Copper is one of the few metals that can occur in nature in a directly usable metallic form (native metals). This led to very early human use in several regions.
Copper is used in buildings, usually for roofing, oxidizes to form a green verdigris (or patina). Copper is sometimes used in decorative art, both in its elemental metal form and in compounds as pigments. Copper compounds are used as bacteriostatic agents, fungicides, and wood preservatives.
Because of its high flexibility and its good sound characteristics, copper is used in the making of musical instruments like horns, bells and cymbals.
Copper is also an important element in a number of gems such as turquoise and azurite because it gives minerals their green or blue color, as well as a high value.
Copper is also highly recyclable. About one third of the copper used in the world has been recycled. It can be re-melted and used directly without any additions and without losing any of its chemical or physical properties.
And because a single location in Sudan contains 5 million tons of copper, the Sudan’s reserve of this metal could be very big. Chile leads the world in copper reserves with 200 million tons.
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