The enterprise will reach an annual production capacity of 400,000 tonnes of copper, 50 tonnes of gold and 270 tonnes of silver by 2028.
On July 29, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended a solemn ceremony at the Almalyk mining and smelting enterprise that marked the start of construction on the 3rd copper smelting plant. After the two stages are completed, the enterprise is expected to reach an annual production capacity of 400,000 tonnes of copper, 50 tonnes of gold and 270 tonnes of silver by 2028, the press office of the President of Uzbekistan reported to CentralAsia.news.
475 wells with a total length of 206,000 metres have been drilled on the deposits over the past 3 years. Over 100,000 ore samples from these deposits were examined accurately by foreign laboratories. According to international standards, the deposits contain 45 million tonnes of copper and 5,000 tonnes of gold. These are the highest figures in the world.
The local ore contains silver, molybdenum, selenium, tellurium, rhenium and other rare metals.
“In the future, the production capacity of the plant under construction will more than triple, and the value of output will increase from US$ 2.5 billion to approximately US$ 8 billion. The plant is expected to create 11,000 high-tech jobs. In its turn, this will expand access of our youth to such modern professions as geologist, engineer, technologist, designer and programmer, among others. The fulfilment of these great plans will be a truly revolutionary step,” Mirziyoyev emphasised.