Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – According to officials in the ministry of mines of Afghanistan, bidding process for Hajigak iron ore was finalized and participants from Canada and India was believed to the winners for the extraction of the Hajigak iron ore.
A spokesman for the ministry of mines of Afghanistan Jawad Omer said, the contracts were presented to cabinet meeting of the Afghan ministers and was approved by them.
The consortium of Indian companies also known as the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) earlier in September announced to participate in Afghanistan’s Hajigak iron ore extraction bidding process.
According to geological survey reports conducted around 50 years earlier, Hajigak iron mine consists of around 1.8 million tons of iron ore with at least 64% of density.
Meanwhile, CS Verma chief of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) said, at least three sections (A, B,C) of the Hajigak iron mine has around 1.3 billion iron ore while the fourth section (D) has less iron ore.
Officials in the ministry of mines of Afghanistan said, they are hopeful to start the extraction of the iron ore in Hajigak iron mine by 2012.
But spokesman for the ministry of mines of Afghan Jawad Omer said, the extraction process will require at least 5 to 7 years.
According to reports, the Steel Authority of India is expected to invest around $6 billion in Hajigak iron mine.
In the meantime, extraction process of Hajigak iron ore is expected to create job opportunities for more than 20,000 people besides paving the way for the construction of roads and railways.