ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is to call for open international tenders to mine a rich vein quartz deposit in the southern Wellawaya region where mining will not be possible when a hydropower and irrigation reservoir under construction gets filled with water.
The Cabinet of ministers this week decided to do a full feasibility study of the deposit in the Kotikambokka forest estimated contain 910,000 cubic metres of quartz, a statement said.
The deposit is close to the Alikota Aara reservoir under construction under the Uma Oya multi-purpose scheme.
Based on the feasibility study, the government will call for tenders from local and foreign firms to mine the quartz, and export value added products after processing.
Vein quartz mined in Sri Lanka is mainly used in the ceramic industry as a raw material but high purity quartz can be used to make computer chips and in other electronic devices.
(COLOMBO, March 29, 2017)