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In order to enhance the mineral development potential, FATA DA has initiated a number of mineral exploration, infrastructure development and private sector facilitation projects which, on completion, will provide basis for planning mineral sector activities on scientific lines. This will promote confidence building of private sector for investment resulting in generation of enormous employment opportunities and supply of indigenous raw material to the local industry.

Under this sector, safety equipments were provided to miners in various areas. These miners are now safe and have expanded the mining activities in the area. This has resulted in economic activities in the area. Two new satellite Mine Rescue Center were also established in Darra Adam Khel and Dauli, Orakzai Agency.

Details of major minerals recourses are shown in the following table:

(Million Tons)

S/NoName Of MineralIndicated Reserves (Approx.)Proven ReservesPresent Extraction
1Marble10,00070001.4
2Manganese50.20.010
3Chromite1030.030
4Coal8180.230
5Copper358-
6Soapstone63.20.015
7Gypsum2001370.10
8Silica Sand600537-
9Dolomite11110.040
10Quartz310.050
11GraniteInexhaustible60-
12Marl2010-
13Cement grade Limestone8004601.200

 

Main projects of Minerals Sector initiated so far are given below:

S/NoName of projectPhysical Progress
1Investigation & Evaluation of Manganese Prospects in Bajaur/ Mohmand Agencies100% area surveyed
2Exploration & Evaluation of Precious Stones in Mohmand & Bajaur Agencies100% area surveyed
3Exploration & Development of Copper in N.W.AgencyFWO has started work on the site for core drilling
4Source Rock Mapping and Investigations for Hydrocarbon Potential in FATA100% area surveyed. As a result, various oil & gas companies established camp offices and started their activities. More than 1200 locals have been recruited by these companies
5Construction of approach roads to mineral bearing areasConstruction of 160 kms roads have been completed. As a result, mineral production has increased which has increased economic activities in the area.


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