Ethiopia has supplied over 154 tonnes of Tantalum for foreign market over the past ten months, the Ministry of Mines said.Ministry Public Relations Director, Bacha Fuji told ENA that the nation has secured over seven million US dollars from the sale of the stated amount of Tantalum.
The director said the revenue obtained under the reference time surpassed last year same period by four million US dollars.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Geological Survey said the country possessed over 300 million tonnes of coal deposits on various sites.
Survey Director General, Masresha Gebre-Silassie told ENA that studies conducted at various times revealed that Ethiopia has enormous mineral reserves including coal.He said activities are underway to exploit coal deposits in Delbimoyo, Chilga, Yayu and Qunzila potential areas.
According to him, the mineral resources are used for manufacturing cement, steel and fertilizer, among others.The director said the survey has planned to map out 20 potential sites of mineral reserves in the Growth and Transformation Plan.
He said some 12 potential sites have already been mapped out so far in West, Central North Western parts of the country.