Mouteh and Zarshouran gold mines produced a total of 1,139 kilograms of gold ingots in the last Iranian year that ended on March 19, 2020.
According to Omid Emami, an official with the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization, the two mines are expecting a 17% rise in their output this year (March 2020-21) to reach 1,333 kilograms, IRNA reported.
Iran’s first exploited deposit of the precious mineral, Mouteh Gold Mine, is located in Meymeh County in Isfahan Province and operates with an annual production capacity of 300,000 kilograms.
Zarshooran Gold Mine has 110 tons of pure gold reserves, the richest gold mine not only in the country but also in the Middle East. It contains 30% of Iran’s gold reserves.
Currently, around 700 people are working in the mine located 35 kilometers from Takab town in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan.
A total of 8.5 tons of gold were extracted from Iranian mines last year, according to the head of Iran’s Mine House.
Mohammad Reza Bahraman also noted that most of Iran’s old reserves are located in small mines.
Each mine creates at least 350 jobs, he told Young Journalists Club.