White sand reserves available in the Saudi Taymaa area are estimated at 26 to 60 billion tons, according to the head of the Saudi Geological Surveying Authority, Mohammed Asaad Tawfiq, reported Al-Watan daily. Tawfiq assessed the purity rate of the reserves to be as high as 95 to 98 percent.
In May, the Saudi petroleum and mineral resources minister, Ali Al-Naimi, has announced the discovery of a new site of large quantities of white silica sand at south of Taima Town in the Tabuk region. The site is estimated to contain millions of tons of white sand. In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Al-Naimi said the newly discovered site is more than 40 kilometers long.
White silica sand can be found in different regions of Saudi Arabia, and it is used in glass manufacturing processes as well as chemical, electronics and building materials industries. ― (MENA Report)
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