Balkhab District

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Balkhab

بلخاب
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Balkhab
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 36°13′17″N65°55′40″E / 36.22139°N 65.92778°E / 36.22139; 65.92778 Coordinates: 36°13′17″N65°55′40″E / 36.22139°N 65.92778°E / 36.22139; 65.92778
CountryFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan
Province Sar-e Pol
Capital Balkhab
Population
  Ethnicities
Hazaras Tajiks and Uzbeks
Time zone UTC+4:30
Main languages Dari-Persian and Uzbeki
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Balkhab (Persian : بلخاب) is a district of Sar-e Pol Province, Afghanistan. The district seat lies at Balkhab, also known as Tarkhoj. [1]

Coal is mined in the area. [2] A massive copper deposit is also located in Balkhab district of Sar-e pol province, the new copper discovery is bigger than the current Aynak copper deposit in Logar province, southeast of Kabul, according to a GSA report. It is valued at billions of U.S. dollars and one of the biggest untapped copper mines in Afghanistan. The discovery appears to be a volcano genetic massive sulfide deposit—a deposit type which could supply much of the world's gold, copper, lead and zinc. On October 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C., Afghan officials signed a 30-year contract for a copper mining project involving a $56 million investment by investment group Centar and its operating company, Afghan Gold and Minerals Co., for exploration of an area covering 500 square km, with development of mining due to begin thereafter. [3]

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