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by Ashot Safaryan
The transport problems of Armenia and small volumes of copper mining hinder the building of the copper-smelting plants, Armenia's Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Armen Movsisyan, said over today's parliament hearings dedicated to the problems of subsurface use.
<Together with local and foreign experts we were discussing the problem of the copper-smelting plants in Armenia. The research showed that for effective functioning of a plant we should be able to mine, at least, 250 thsd tons of copper in a year. We have not yet reached such volumes", - Movsisyan said.
He also added that the deposits available in Armenia mainly contain copper sulfide, which gives about 30% of nascent sulfur during the mining process. This sulfur product should be sold. However, Armenia's communication problems hinder to do that. "These problems do not let exporting of sulfur or sulfuric acid for the competitive prices. Without resolving the sales problems, we shall not be able to have copper-smelting plants. We need a well-developed chemical industry. We have some ideas in this direction. And we shall reach the above-mentioned volumes of copper mining sooner or later", - the minister concluded.