Kazakhs scientists are developing and implementing innovative technologies. Ust-Kamenogorsk researchers are working on a new environmentally friendly way of producing uranium. They will utilize mined rocks and gypsum, left over from the production of phosphoric acid. In the southern Kazakhstan only, there are more than one million tons of acid. The scientists plan to grind obtained biomaterial into a granular sorbent to sift the waste from uranium plants. As a result, the chemists expect to obtain a solution with high uranium content. This project is still being tested. It will also pass industrial tests that will show whether it is possible to produce heavy metals without additional investments.
AYGUL SADUAKASOVA, PROJECT DEVELOPER:
We need to grind shungite, precipitate hydroxides and combine them together. We do not need high investments, therefore, there will be small expenses for electricity, except for the granulation process.
The Laboratory for Study of Rocks will be opened in Karaganda. Geochemical analysis will be carried out at the lab in accordance with international standards. A number of large foreign companies are involved in exploratory works in the region at present. According to the National Geological Prospecting Company "Kazgeologiya", in the last 3 years, investments in the region’s geological exploration made up about 9 billion tenge.
GALYM NURZHANOV, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL GEOLOGICAL PROSPECTING COMPANY "KAZGEOLOGIYA":
When we open a new laboratory, all those samples, which were previously taken abroad, will be studied here.
The modern research laboratory in Karaganda will provide a full range of analytical services for geochemistry. The world leader in this field, the Australian company, will take part in its establishment. The project is worth almost 1.5 billion tenge. Its implementation is scheduled for 2018.
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