2001 News Story

Silica sand deposits found in Tabuk Province

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi has announced that large deposits of silica sand, known as white sand, have been discovered to the south of the town of Taima in Tabuk Province. The site, extending around 25 miles, is estimated to contain millions of tons of the valuable mineral, which is used in the production of glass, chemicals, electronics and building materials. The ore has been determined to contain a high level of concentration ranging between 97 and 99.6 percent of silica oxide. Minister Al-Naimi said invitations will be issued in the near future for investment in mining operations and associated industries, adding that this discovery will create new job opportunities for Tabuk Province.