Saindak Copper-Gold Mine is located near Saindak town in Chagai District of Balochistan, Pakistan. The discovery of copper deposits at Saindak was made in the 1970s in collaboration with a Chinese engineering firm. The Saindak Copper-Gold Project was set up by Saindak Metals Ltd, a company fully owned by the Government of Pakistan, by the end of 1995 at a cost of PKR 13.5 billion.

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FEDERAL MINISTER

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Mr. Hammad Azhar
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By the grace of Almighty, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is blessed with a variety of mineral resources, ranging from clays, industrial minerals, fuels, dimension stones, precious gems and metallic and the Government of Pakistan has all along been supportive towards the optimal developments of these natural endowments. Saindak Metals Limited (SML) is a Public Sector Entity of the Government of Pakistan, engaged at the Saindak Copper-Gold Project, Chagai District. SML has the credit of developing the pioneer project of metallic mining sector in the Country. The ore found in the remote area of Saindak in being worked from exploration, mining through processing to blister copper with help of Chinese expertise. The Project has generated economic activity providing source of livelihood to thousands of local inhabitants. It gives me pleasure to mention that besides an exemplary venture of the sector, the Project is extending unmatched community services in the area. The Government of Pakistan is committed to facilitate excellence in the minerals sector and raise SML’s profile. We gratefully acknowledge the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our Chinese brothers through commendable professional workmanship for the Project. On behalf of the Government, I assure our resolve for the smooth, safe and successful Project operation for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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Dr. Arshad Mahmood
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Secretary for Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) Govt, of Pakistan.

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Mr. Muhammad Raziq Sanjrani
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I would like to take this opportunity to immeasurably appreciate Saindak Metals Limited’s dynamic role in developing and specifically transforming the lives of the natives of district Chagai and its neighbouring regions since 1974. We'd also like to take this chance to have a glance at the past and talk about SML as a whole. Saindak Copper-Gold Project (SCGP) of Saindak Metals Limited (SML) (formerly, Resource Development Corporation) was established on April 1974, under the Companies Ordinance, to plan, prospects, organize, execute and implement exploration, evaluation, extraction, production, development and marketing of minerals, metals and ore. The first project assigned by Federal Government of Pakistan to SML is Saindak Copper-Gold Project, located in Saindak, District Chagai of Balochistan Province. Saindak Metals Limited being the first Mining industry in Pakistan, intends for the exploration of Copper deposits in the Mineral rich district (Chagai) of Balochistan and in correlation to which, Saindak Metals Limited signed an agreement with Geological Survey of Pakistan, for drilling in the leased areas of SML in (Durbanchah and Chigendiq) for exploration of Copper and Gold. The present management of SML is also targeting to explore Dasht-e-Kain project which contains Copper prospects of 300 to 400 Million tons of Copper ore and Molybdenum. SML’s top priority is to largely emphasis the penurious province of Balochistan and its unheeded natives. As a semi government company owned by the Government of Pakistan, SML covering a wide variety services for the natives of Balochistan from community uplifting to sponsorship for the most deserving youth and healthcare to advancement planning. SML together is a corporate other than a resource leader in its community. An extensive range of social activities for enriching the natives of the region since 2005 towards Corporate Social Responsibility related activities.

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SML FUTURE PLANING

EXPLORATION IN THE AREA OF EL COPPER-174 NEAR NORTH ORE BODY (NOB)In order to ensure the stable production during the third lease term and offset the resources shortage for continuity of Saindak Project operations, SML with the consent of Government of Balochistan selected an area of 20 sq. km near NOB of Saindak Project and has applied for grant of Exploration License (EL copper-174) for copper, gold, silver, lead, zinc and associated minerals over that area on 01.10.2018 and deposited prescribed exploration license fee and all other requisite documents. However, the matter is pending with the Government of Balochistan hence no concrete plan can be designed SML and Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) jointly explored the prospects of Copper in Siadiq at Chagai and drilled 3 bore holes at the depth of 400 meters each in the leased area of SML in Chigendiq/Mashkichah near Durbanchah area with a cost of Rs. 45 Million for exploration of Copper and Gold, the results are attractive and further exploration is needed in the area to estimate the reserves. The PL License was expired, SML applied for ML in 2016 but still awaited from Balochistan Government. The Mines & Minerals Department Government of Balochistan has cancelled the allotted area of SML called Dasht-e-Kain, the case is pending before the appellant authority, Secretary Mines & Minerals Department for decision, if SML successes to get back the area, the same area will be further explored and developed to create more jobs and revenues for the people of Balochistan as well. INDUCTION AND PREPARATION OF EXPLORATION TEAM The SML BOD in its 134th Meeting held in Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi on June 30th, 2018, approved three Geology/Mining Software’s along with hiring of professionals i.e Mining Engineers/Geologists, Financial expert and software engineer for training and operating the Software. Now it is in the process of tendering. SML is expecting to establish a well-equipped exploration team for prospecting, exploration, geological modeling, pit designing, mine optimization Mine scheduling and development/exploitation of ore deposits. The existing ore bodies data of Saindak Copper Gold Project would be used and in future, this team would be utilized in rest of the country. FURTHER EXPLORATION OF SAINDAK COPPER GOLD PROJECT EAST ORE BODY (EOB) On 23rd January 2019 MRDL submitted design scheme of Supplementary Geological Exploration for Saindak East Ore Body. As per plan, 23 exploratory holes (7551m) will be drilled for Copper & Gold along with combination analysis elements for Moly, S and Ag. The exploratory drilling was started on 1st March 2019 and was completed on May 21st 2019. Due to mineralization conditions, the exploratory holes were increased up to 46 of 10875.25 meters. As per initial analysis report, the following estimations concluded;
• The mineable ore reserves within the pit limit stands at 80 million tons@ 0.34% Cu on 0.25% cut-off grade.
• The EOB overburden is about 9 million tons and at least 2 years would be required to remove it.
• According to the preliminary calculations by MRDL, on copper prices ranges from US$ 6500/ton to US$ 7000/ton the project may profit a little bit.
• Keeping in view the time factor and the existing ore reserves at Saindak project, EoB development is the sole and only solution to the sustainability of the project and considering the prevailing economic situation in the country, where unemployment is at peak the project is not only providing employment to the youth but also generating profit for the country.