Bushtrica Mine

Producer in Albania with commodities Nickel, Cobalt, Iron

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10024533
MRDS ID ISM0256
Record type Site
Current site name Bushtrica Mine
Alternate or previous names Bushtrice, Pishkash ?

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: 20.46849, 41.11546 (WGS84)
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Geographic areas

Country
Albania

Comments on the location information

  • 14 KM SE OF LIBRAZHD; 28 KM N OF POGRADEC; 5 KM NW OF PISHKASH.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Nickel Primary
Cobalt Primary
Iron Primary

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Ultramafic Intrusive Rock > Peridotite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Serpentinite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) 20.46849, 41.11546

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Eastern Ultramafic Belt

Comments on the geologic information

  • FAULTING; EO; PISOLITIC-LIMONITIC NI-FE ORES (AVERAGING 1.02% NI, 50.5% FE, 0.06% CO, 3.65% CR2O3)

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Significant No
Year of last production >1984

Mining district

District name Librazhdi-Pogradeci Region

Ownership information

  • Type Owner-Operator
    Owner State Owned

Production statistics

  • Year 1984
    Material ORE NI FE
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Ap_Grade: ^0.6-0.9% Ni, Less Than 40% Fe
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Ore Iron Iron 40wt-pct
    Major Ore Nickel Nickel 1wt-pct

Comments on the production information

  • PA1: ANNUAL CAPACITY ESTIMATE FOR ELBASAN (STEEL OF THE PARTY) METALLURGICAL COMPLEX.

Reserves and resources

  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1984
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Nickel Ni 0.9 wt-pct Nickel Major 1984

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • RR1: BUSHTRICA AND OTHER SMALL DEPOSITS IN THE LIBRAZHDI-POGRADECI REGION ARE THOUGHT TO CONTAIN ABOUT 15% OF THE- ESTIMATED RESOURCES OF RR2; RR2: ESTIMATE OF TOTAL WORKABLE -NI-FE RESOURCES IN THE LIBRAZHDI-POGRADECI REGION INCLUDING GU-RI KUQ (40-45%), PRRENJAS (40-45%), AND BUSHTRICA AND OTHER SM-ALL DEPOSITS (ABOUT 15%); RR3: WORKABLE NI-FE ORE RESOURCES I-N THE LIBRAZHDI-POGRADECI REGION.

Comments on development

  • NON-GEOLOGIC CONSTRAINTS ON DEVELOPMENT OR EXPANSION IN 1-5 YRS. (). ORES FROM BUSHTRICA WERE EXPORTED TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA TO FEED THE HYDROMETALLURGICAL NICKEL REFINERY AT SERED NEAR B-RATISLAVA. RF3: "ALL ORE GOES TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA."

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS ISM0256
USGS International Strategic Minerals Inventory ISMI NI082
USGS BGR BGR PA00185

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    PUMO, F., 1973, DONNEES GENERALES SUR LES GITES MINERAUX DE L'ALBANIE ET CARACTERES PARTICULIERS DE SES IMPORTANTS- GISEMENTS DE NICKEL LATERITIQUE: PARIS, BUREAU DE RECHERCHES- GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES BULLETIN, SEC. 2, NO. 6, P. 451.

  • Deposit

    ZITZMANN, A., 1977, THE IRON ORE DEPOSITS OF ALBANIA, IN ZITZMANN, A., ED., THE IRON ORE DEPOSITS OF EUROPE AND AD-JACENT AREAS--EXPLANATORY NOTES TO THE INTERNATIONAL MAP OF TH-E ORE DEPOSITS OF EUROPE, 1/12,500,000, VOLUME I: HANNOVER (G-ERMANY, FEDERAL REPUBLIC), BUNDESANSTALT FUR GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN- UND ROHSTOFFE, P. 81-82.

  • Deposit

    MINING MAGAZINE, 1982, MINING DIGEST--A LOOK AT ALBANIA'S MINING AND MINERALS INDUSTRY: MINING MAGAZINE, V. 147, -NO. 3, P. 245-246. (C18)

  • Production

    PA1: REPORTER'S ESTIMATE

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit THIS RECORD WAS COMPILED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC MINERALS INVENTORY. THE DATA WERE USED IN PREPARATION OF THE USGS CIRCULAR 930 SERIES OF REPORTS. MINERAL RESOURCE CATEGORIES AND CODES HEREIN ARE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM RECOMMENDED BY THE UNITED NATIONS GROUP OF EXPERTS ON DEFINITIONS AND TERMINOLOGY FOR MINERAL RESOURCES. (SEE NATIONAL RESOURCES FORUM, V. 4, NO. 3, P. 307-313.). NO DETAILED AND CONSISTENT FIGURES ARE AVAILABLE ON PRODUCTION AND RESOURCES OF ALBANIAN NI-FE MINES. TOTAL ANNUA-L ORE PRODUCTION OF ALBANIA IS ESTIMATED TO BE SOME 1 MILLION -METRIC TONS AT PRESENT. TOTAL MINE CAPACITY IS AT LEAST 1.2 M-ILLION METRIC TONS OF ORE PER YEAR. TOTAL ALBANIAN WORKABLE N-I-FE RESOURCES MAY BE NEAR 70 MILLION METRIC TONS OF ORE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-OCT-1984 Krauss, Ulrich H. Bundesanstalt Fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffee (Germany)