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Barite Availability - Market Economy Countries. A Minerals Availability Appraisal.
Coffman JS; Kilgore CF
BoM, 1986 :25 pages
The Bureau of Mines investigated the availability of barite (baso4) from 35 U.S. and 41 non-U.S. mines and deposits in 17 market economy countries (mec's). This evaluation assesses the availability of mud- grade barite and concentrates consumed by the chemicals and fillers industries. The demonstrated resources defined in this analysis totaled 130 million metric tons (mmt) of barite (contained baso4), yielding a potential 115 mmt of recoverable barite concentrates. At the 1984 mec production rate, the evaluated resources would last about 30 yr; however, this would include production costs of up to $100/mt concentrate. An average price needed to cover all costs of production over the life of each operation was determined for both mud-grade and chemical- and filler-grade barite products. Including a 0-pct discounted-cash-flow rate of return, regional weighted- average total production cost ranged from $38/mt for barite concentrates in Asia to $71/mt for U.S. operations. Transportation costs have the greatest impact, contributing up to 60 pct of the total costs of production. Rail transportation costs from the mines to U.S. markets are generally significantly higher than ocean shipping rates on imports.
Mineral-deposits; Nonmetalliferous-minerals; Production-capacity; Operating-costs; Economic-analysis; Mineral-industries;
IH; Information Circular;
NTIS Accession No.
Bureau of Mines, Denver, Colorado. Minerals Availability Field Office.
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