economic barite industrial dryer in nigeria

economic barite industrial dryer in nigeria

*Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, handing over documents of the landed property donated by the State Government for the establishment of Artisanal and Small-scale Mineral Processing Cluster, to the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah

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The project, which is a part of the Federal Government’s Artisanal and Small-Scale Mineral Processing Cluster for the South-South Zone, is expected to see to the development of solid minerals in the zone

Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, said the Federal Government’s choice of Cross River for the cluster project for Barite value chain development, was predicated on the fact that the state is endowed with large commercial deposits of the minerals

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He explained that the project was an initiative of the Federal Government in swift response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that was ravaging the world, in order to reduce the devastating effect of the pandemic on her citizenry

With huge deposit of barite around Obubra through to Yala Local Government Area of the state, the Minister expressed optimism that the project which will be of benefit to the people and the state, will create job opportunities as well as wealth for the people

Meanwhile, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has commended the Federal Government’s initiative of siting Artisanal and Small-Scale Mineral Processing Plant in Cross River for the South-South Zone

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barite mineral deposits in nigeria with their locations

Even though many of these mineral resources like barite are been imported from African countries and other regions of the world, and the current mining operation in the country is still not well developed, its exploration has partly contributed to the country's socio-economic development

Nevertheless, there are still chances for positive turnaround if only the government will duly put that into consideration as there are large deposits of some natural mineral resources like barite in the country

What's more, in recent times, an account of baryte deposits in Taraba, Benue state, Nasarawa, Plateau, and Cross River state can from a recent survey and evaluation carried out by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency. 

barite mineral deposits in nigeria with their locations

According to the report, four states among others, viz: Benue, Cross River, Nasarawa and Taraba were feasilbly considered the workable mining areas. The estimated value of barite deposits discovered was about 21,123,913 metric tonnes in total

The prices of barite, natural barium carbonate (witherite) in Nigeria range between ₦1127880.09 - ₦1234379.31 in Nigeria millions (for imports) then for exports, the price range is ₦965633.84 - ₦1431939.47.   

Barite deposits which are commercially significant in quantities are produced in specific locations like Palaeozoic Selwyn Basin in western Canada, Devonian Shale in Germany, Cambrain black shales, Jiangnan in southern China and Aberfeldy, Scotland particularly in the Proterozoic meta-sedimentary rocks

barite mineral deposits in nigeria with their locations

It is also produced from various deposits in places such as Primorye region of far-eastern Russia, Mesozoic carbonates in a belt which joins Iran and Pakistan, Ballynoe baryte deposit of Silvermines in the Tipperary county of Ireland etc

Years after the discovery of the natural barium sulfate mineral, "barite", and its deposits continued to be found in diversity of geological environments around the world. Its production and trading became widespread as well. 

A notable volume of barites production occurred between 1963 and 1993 from the Ballynoe deposits of Ireland. From this specific area, more than five million tonnes of barites (from vein and replacement deposits) were produced for direct-shipping

barite mineral deposits in nigeria with their locations

A recent survey carried out on barite deposits in Nigeria revealed 41,000 tonnes of reserve in the Benue state valley. For this reason, government made a public invitation to both local and international mining companies to share in the opportunity of barytes exploration in Nigeria

Uranium is one of the natural resources in Nigeria, it is a predominant mineral that can be found in Africa, and while some countries like South Africa, Namibia and even Niger have been into the proper

Tin Ore mineral deposit was discovered in Nigeria, West Africa by Sir William Wallace in the year 1884, who was as of then works with the National African Company. Tin was and is still being produced

barite mineral deposits in nigeria with their locations

nigeria to save $300 million from importation of barite

Barite (or Barytes) is the naturally occurring mineral form of barium sulphate. Its main properties are its high specific gravity (4.5), very low solubility; it is non-toxic, and also chemically and physically unreactive. It is extracted by both surface and underground mining, followed by simple physical processing methods to produce correctly sized product and to remove extraneous materials. 

Some 70% worldwide is used as a weighting agent for drilling fluids in oil and gas exploration. Other uses are in added-value applications which include the car, electronics, TV screen, rubber, and glass ceramics and paint industry, radiation shielding and medical applications (barium meals). 

Why it matters:  The minister said the country could not continue spending millions of dollars every year on barite. He said the country imports 300 million dollars worth of barite from Morocco annually, adding that it was a mineral which was quite available in Nigeria

nigeria to save $300 million from importation of barite

He added that when he resumed office as Minister, he worked with consultants on the sourcing of barite locally to oil drilling sites. Adding that when mined, its discovered as big stones that need crushing to fine particles, therefore standards are needed in the milling of the mineral before it is bagged to sites. 

He also added that the bagging procedure has to be done right, and if Nigeria achieves that, we will end the foreign importation, and if Nigeria gets the value chain right, it will enable Nigeria save on foreign exchange and also create local employment. 

He added that Nigeria has begun plans to locally refine minerals found here and diversify the country’s economy, citing the gold bars launched by President Buhari during the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI) on July 16. Adding that the government is working with a Canadian company to begin the export of Gold in Nigeria’s proven one million ounces of gold by next year.   

nigeria to save $300 million from importation of barite

He said data would have to be collected on the minerals Nigeria has in large quantities through an Aero Magnetic Survey, which is done through a plane flying low to observe mineral data. And that proven surveys have discovered large quantities of gold in Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna, Osun, Kwara, and the FCT. 

The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 153,187 confirmed cases

To date, 153,187 cases have been confirmed, 129,943 cases have been discharged and 1,874 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 1.49 million tests have been carried out as of February 3rd, 2021 compared to 1.44 million tests a day earlier

nigeria to save $300 million from importation of barite

According to the NCDC, the 571 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (170), Ogun (65), FCT (45), Kwara (34), Abia (32), Enugu (32), Kano (25), Oyo (22), Ondo (21), Rivers (19), Kaduna (19), Benue (18), Bayelsa (12), Kebbi (12), Nasarawa (11), Akwa Ibom (9), Delta (8), Ekiti (6), Niger (5), Bauchi (3) and Imo (3)

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 54,882, followed by Abuja (19,064), Plateau (8,833), Kaduna (8,379),  Oyo (6,698), Rivers (6,342), Edo (4,474), Ogun (4,189), Kano (3,691), Ondo (2,944), Kwara (2,865), Delta (2,526), Osun (2,324), Nasarawa (2,197), Katsina (2,029, Gombe (2,027), Enugu (1,998), Ebonyi (1,839), Anambra (1,615), and Abia (1,472)

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