Geological exploration companies in Kazakhstan will study the lithium potential of three regions of the republic to meet the growing demand for the rare metal. This statement was made by the head of the National Geological Service JSC Erlan Galiev during the EU-ROK partnership forum held in Belgium.
The press service of the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan reports that the state balance already includes six promising deposits where lithium can be extracted: Bakenny, Akhmirovskoye, Verkhne-Baymurzinskoye, Medvedka, Akhmetkino and Yubileinoye.
The National Geological Survey expects to discover primary deposits of a rare metal in the southeast of Kazakhstan. According to Mr. Galiev, a significant amount of the fossil may be concentrated in the mineralized brines of the Aral sedimentary basin. In terms of its geological conditions, the object is similar to the Chilean Atacama salt marsh, which contains about 30% of the world’s metal reserves.
They are also going to look for lithium and other rare and rare earth metals in Northern and Western Kazakhstan. In addition to new sites, the National Geological Service is interested in dumps and tailings from processing plants in the central and southern regions of the republic. Industrial waste also contains components that are valuable for extraction.