Belarus to support exploration of phosphate in Venezuela

by Tarique

Minsk, April 12 (NNN-BELTA) Belgorkhimprom, the Belarussian research and design institute for the mining and chemical industry, will provide scientific support for geo-exploration works to develop phosphorites deposits in Venezuela.

Relevant agreements on this were reached during a recent visit of the Belarusian governmental delegation to that country and Belgorkhimprom has already sent drafts of the four contracts related to the development of the largest phosphorite deposits in Venezuela, deputy chief engineer of Belgorkhimprom Sergei Shemet told BelTA.

A team of specialists of Belgorkhimprom is already in Venezuela to finalize the drafts and to collect the information connected with the forthcoming works.

The draft documents feature a framework agreement on co-operation in the field of mining and processing of phosphate with the Venezuelan mining company Peciven.

Specialists of the two countries intend to sign two agreements on scientific support for geo-exploration works in the phosphate deposits at Monte-Fresco and an agreement on developing a feasibility study of the construction of a phosphate mining complex in the state of Tachira.

"We should study technical possibility and economic efficiency of mining and processing of phosphate in Venezuela," the deputy chief engineer noted.

Belgorkhimprom is a part of the Belneftekhim concern. It provides scientific support for the potash industry of Belarus, the phosphate fertilizer production of Gomel Chemical Works and others.

During the thirty-year period, the company has accumulated a wealth of experience in upgrading and reorganizing the mining production. Its research and development divisions have significant scientific-technical potential in mining, processing and construction industries.

Beginning last year, at the instructions of the Belarus government, the institute has been developing one of the world's largest potassium deposits in Volgograd oblast of Russia.

Belgorkhimprom includes 14 research laboratories and sectors, 11 design departments and scientific centres. The institute employs more than 700 professionals.