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Iran, world's 10th iron ore producer in 2012: USGS

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

The US Geological Survey (USGS) announced that Iran was the 10th world iron ore producer in 2012, extracting some 28 million tons of the strategic mineral in the said period.


Photos: Gohar Zamin Iron Ore Plant in Sirjan, Iran

According to a report released Sunday by the Information Network for Iran Production and Trade (SHATA), the USGS also referred to Iran as the only country in the Middle East region which possessed the most iron ore reserves.

The strategic mineral was significant source for Iran's steel industry, the USGS stressed.

World Mine Production and Reserves
Mine Production Reserves
2011 2012e Crure Ore Iron Content
United States 55 53 6,900 2,100
Australia 488 525 35,000 17,000
Brazil 373 375 29,000 16,000
Canada 34 40 6,300 2,300
China 1,330 1,300 23,000 7,200
India 240 245 7,000 4,500
Iran 28 28 2,500 1,400
Kazakhstan 25 25 2,500 900
Mauritania 12 12 1,100 700
Mexico 15 13 700 400
Russia 100 100 25,000 14,000
South Africa 60 61 1,000 650
Sweden 25 25 3,500 2,200
Ukraine 81 81 76,500 72,300
Venezuela 17 20 4,000 2,400
Other countries 59 61 12,000 6,000
World total (rounded) 2,940 3,000 170,000 80,000


According to the Virginia-based organization, China was the world's biggest iron ore producer in 2012, extracting some 1.3 billion tons of the strategic mineral followed by Australia (525 million tons) and Brazil (375 million tons).

It referred to other major world producers of iron ore in 2012 as India (fourth with 245 million tons), Russia (fifth with 100 million tons), Ukraine (sixth with 81 million tons), South Africa (seventh with 61 million tons), the US (eighth with 53 million tons) and Canada (ninth with 40 million tons).

The total production of the strategic mineral was estimated by USGS at about three billion tons in 2012.

The USGS is a fact-finding research organization with no regulatory responsibility. The motto of the USGS is ˈScience for a changing world."

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