At Ma’aden, industrial minerals are an indicator of our future orientation. The versatility, specificity and newness of these resources and their applications require some of our most exacting efforts and challenge us to stay ahead of constantly evolving industries and emerging technologies.
Industrial minerals is probably the product line most closely aligned to the modern age. At Ma’aden, we mine three of these non-fuel, non-metal and non-gem materials:
- Low-grade bauxite, used in the production of cement;
- Kaolin, the classic white clay once used to make porcelain and now one of the world’s most versatile clays; and
- Caustic calcined magnesia, used for everything from reducing air pollution to improving livestock health.
Some of our output goes towards our own internal consumption across Ma’aden operations, and the rest is supplied to national and regional clients.
Our relatively young Industrial Minerals division is one of our fastest-growing divisions. It began with LGB in 2008, added kaolin and CCM in 2011 and has posted year-over-year growth ever since. In 2014, total output exceeding 1.2 million tonnes and sales value increased by 17 per cent with strong markets across all portfolios.
Az Zabirah Mine
Az Zabirah kaolin and low-grade bauxite mine is located in the vicinity of Hail District, which is 65 km north of Al-Baitha and 80 km north of Turubah. Supply of kaolin to the phosphates industry for the production of phosphoric acid started in 2011. The average production is one million mtpy for bauxite and 120,000 mtpy for kaolin.
Al Ghazalah Mine
Magnesite Mine (Al Ghazalah Mine) is located in the nearby villages of Zarghat and Zuraighit – Governorate of Al Ghazalah in Hail Province, about 160 km south-west of Hail and 350 km north-east of Madinah. The average annual production at Al-Ghazalah Mine is 80,000 tonnes.