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Availability of Elemental Sulfur and Pyrite Concentrate - Market Economy Countries. A Minerals Availability Appraisal.
BoM, 1986 :16 pages
Engineering and economic evaluations were performed by the Bureau of Mines on 14 frasch sulfur, 1 native sulfur, and 21 metal sulfide operations in 11 market economy countries. The evaluation included discounted-cash-flow, rate-of-return economic analyses at 15 pct to determine the average total cost of production of these two commodities and the potential availability of elemental sulfur (s) and pyrite concentrate. The Bureau evaluated the potential availability of elemental sulfur and pyrite concentrate. Approximately 279 million metric tons (mmt) of pyrite concentrate at 46 pct s is potentially recoverable from 422 mmt of in situ metal sulfide ore. Nearly 89 pct of the total pyrite concentrate is available at an average total cost of production below the January 1984 pyrite concentrate market price ($43/mt). About 185 mmt s is potentially recoverable from 253 mmt of in situ elemental sulfur. About 99 pct of this sulfur is available at an average total cost of production below its January 1984 market price ($131/mt).
Mineral-deposits; Economic-analysis; Mineral-industries;
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Bureau of Mines, Denver, Colorado. Minerals Availability Field Office
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