Motril will export 200,000 tonnes of celestite ore from its quarries this year
MOTRIL will export 200,000 tonnes of celestite ore from quarries in the province this year
The port of Motril, on the coast of Granada, just recorded the largest shipment of solid bulk cargo in its history, landing a deal with China, to export around 50,000 tonnes of two types of semi-celestite. concentration of the mines of Montevive, in the municipality of Las Gabias, in the province of Granada.
Canteras Industriales, the owner of the mines and the commodity – established in Granada since 1972 – expects around 200,000 tonnes of material to leave the Granada quay this year of this type of ore from quarries in the province, with the type sought by its Chinese client – from the mines of Las Gabias – being a raw material whose purity varies between 70 and 77%, according to grenadedigital.es.
The Chinese will use the raw material in the manufacture of semiconductors or chips, commonly used in the operation of cell phones, displays, tablets, computers, and anodes for electric vehicle batteries, among other utilities, and in a press release, Jens Bruno, the administrator of the company that manages the port of Motril, predicted: “Due to the high demand, we hope to end the year with an export of 200,000 tonnes”.
In addition, Canteras Industriales is dealing with the commissioning of a dense medium concentration plant with a production capacity of 50,000 to 80,000 tonnes per year of 90% ore, from the recycling of waste landfills and rejected ore, called environmental liability.
The company currently employs eight workers directly, but this number will increase once the concentration plant is commissioned, but to this are added all the indirect services such as dockworkers, consignees and transporters.
One example is the recent transfer of minerals from the mine to the port, which involved 2,000 trips by truck, and as José García Fuentes, president of the local company Transportes Sabio, said, “Expeditions of this type also demonstrate the efficiency of the operation and raise the level of prestige of the Port of Motril with the sector ”.
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