1998 News Story

Kingdom opens mining bids for bauxite

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has announced that the Kingdom is inviting foreign as well as local companies to bid for exploration and mining licenses for bauxite deposits in the northern part of the country. The deposits, in the area of Al-Zabirah about 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of the city of Buraidah [in Qassim Province], are estimated at around 173 million tons. Bauxite is the ore that contains aluminum.