|Lung Cai Day stone mine in Binh Gia district, Lang Son province__Photo: VNA
The Prime Minister has recently approved a master plan to ensure the efficient use of mineral resources, meeting the demand for raw materials for use as construction materials through 2030, with a vision toward 2050.
Under Decision 1626/QD-TTg dated December 15, from now to 2030, the Master Plan will focus on new and further exploration of reserves under mineral exploitation projects in order to optimize mineral resources and completing the exploration and approval of reserves under granted exploration licenses.
Exploration licenses will be granted for 36 limestone mining areas, 46 clay mining areas and 31 areas of minerals to be exploited for use as additives. Meanwhile, 14 schemes to explore limestone, 19 schemes to explore clay, and nine schemes to explore minerals for use as additives that have been granted exploration licenses will be finalized for their reserves to be approved.
As a result, total exploration reserves in all planned areas are expected to reach 3,658 million tons of limestone, 962.600 million tons of clay and 499.300 million tons of minerals for use as additives.
The Master Plan also urges intensified research and application of technologies for recycling and reuse of wastes and scraps from industries, agriculture and other sectors as materials and fuel for construction material production in order to reduce the use of natural mineral resources and mitigate environmental impacts.
In addition, minerals exploited for use as construction materials may be supplied to projects processing and using them to meet the market demand, in which priority must be given to domestic needs, thus ensuring a harmonious balance between imports and exports and that only processed minerals meeting export standards may be exported.- (VLLF)