Iran is holding talks with foreign companies to develop its mining and metals sector, with interest from Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and Britain, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA).
Deputy Minister of Mines and Metals for Economic and International Affairs Mohammad Taqizadeh-Ansari told IRNA that a Canadian firm has already started mining the Aqdareh gold mine in West Azarbaijan, adding "we are negotiating the excavation rights of Khavarvuna gold mine in East Azarbaijan Province" with another Canadian company.
He said a preliminary agreement had been reached on the Zarshuran mine in West Azarbaijan Province, with final agreement expected in six months when geological tests are completed.
A preliminary agreement has been signed with a New Zealand firm for the construction of an industrial complex near Isfahan province's Mouteh gold mine, said IRNA.
Another Canadian company has an excavation agreement for the non-iron metal mines in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
An Australian company is involved in exploration, production and setting up a concentrated zinc and lead production factory in Yazd Province, the official stated, and talks are underway for possible agreements with Australian and British firms for exploration of copper, according to the agency - Albawaba.com
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