Dedjanski: Jadarite mine could be opened in 3-4 years

A jadarite mine can be expected to be opened in the next three to four years as part of Rio Tinto's Jadar Project, State Secretary at the Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy Stevica Dedjanski said Tuesday.

18 Jun 2019 17:08

BELGRADE - A jadarite mine can be expected to be opened in the next three to four years as part of Rio Tinto's Jadar Project, State Secretary at the Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy Stevica Dedjanski said Tuesday.

Jadarite is a new mineral from which lithium and borate are extracted.

Speaking to reporters during a break in the 4th European Mining Academy, he said Rio Tinto was due to present its plans by the end of this year or the beginning of next year and submit a request to defend a study.

"Then we will see the exact order of the steps and the timeframe. According to our information, they (Rio Tinto) are working on this seriously. If everything goes according to the normal plan, a mine can be expected to be opened in the next three to four years," he said.

He said processing of lithium was also expected to take place in Serbia to generate a product that would boost revenues and employment in the country.


Photo: Tanjug, video, file


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