Eastern Kazakhstan is the main region for the polymetallic ore mining. High efficiency in developing polymetallic fields of the ore basin of Altai is achieved through complex use of ores, extraction of lead, zinc, copper, gold, platinoids and rare elements. Eastern Kazakhstan contains over 40% of all the gold in place. Over the last years, large titanium ore deposits have been discovered and are now in development.
Central Kazakhstan is the primary copper and manganese supplier of the Republic. This region holds the nation’s principal coal basins, as well as significant reserves of tungsten-molibdenium and lead-zinc ores, and major deposits of high-quality coking and energy coal.
Southern Kazakhstan contains a unique uranium mining infrastructure that involves high-tech underground leeching, and also provides phosphate materials.
Western Kazakhstan offers a large supply of oil and natural gas resources, potassium and boron salts, as well as high-quality chromites.
The heart of the national iron ore infrastructure lies in the megnetite and sedimentary deposits of the brown iron ores of the northern Kazakhstan, amounting to billions of tons of total volume.
Manganese ore is amply provided by the complex iron-manganese fields of the central Kazakhstan. Manganese concentrates are domestically utilized by a ferroalloy plant in the town of Aksu in northern Kazakhstan. Primary ore mining enterprises are Zhairemskiy GOK JSC and the Kazchrome Transnational Company. Significant potential is contained within the complex iron-manganese deposit of «western Karazhal», amounting to over 50% of the national in-place reserves.
The core of the lead-zinc mining industry consists in the pyrite-polymetallic deposits of the ore basin of Altai, developed by the Kazzinc JSC. High efficiency of developing polymetallic deposits is achieved through complex use of ores, involving extraction of lead, zinc, copper, gold, platinoids and rare elements. Period of reserve availability of the developed fields is no greater than 25 years. Almost all of the lead-zinc production of Kazakhstan is exported. It is in high demand in the US, Spain, Italy, Germany, Canada.