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Encouraging expert findings on anhydrite production

2014-01-03

The expert examination of the anhydrite field near Kaunas was completed on 22 December 2013. The report of experts showed that technical and economic calculations of anhydrite production were reliable. Under the worst-case scenario, the project payback period would be 7 years after the investment of EUR 50 million in the construction of mines and plants.

UK experts from Wardell & Armstrong confirmed that anhydrite blocks could be cut and that the project was prepared competently. Margasmiltė UAB, which plans to implement the project, may start anhydrite excavation pretty soon.

Anhydrite is a highly valuable underground mineral. It looks like marble and is used as the raw material for construction binding agents, various interior details (finishing slabs, stairs, etc.), chemical industry and other products.

For the first time in Lithuania, this raw material will be excavated using the mining method. Mining is one of the safest and cleanest ways of mineral production.

The field has already been explored and feasibility studies suggest that anhydrite production could boost Lithuania's economy and increase its investment appeal. The stocks of anhydrite in the field are huge. In the current area alone, around 280 million tonnes of anhydrite and gypsum have been explored. Geological conditions are favourable for production development.

In 2010, the Lithuanian Geological Survey issued a permit for an underground anhydrite mine. The detailed plan of the Pagiriai area was approved by the Council of Kaunas District Municipality at the end of October 2012.

Public Information Division
03/01/2014

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas