|Last Updated:||March 1, 2011|
|Other Name:||Eastern A and Eastern B; Sawwaneh Deposit|
|Location:||Sawwaneh, 45km southwest of Palmyra |
|Subordinate To:||General Company for Phosphate and Mines; Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources |
Phosphate mined at Deposit No. 1184 is bedded with both hard and soft phosphate of the late Cretaceous era. The General Company for Phosphate and Mines (GECOPHAM) mines the deposits, and the combined capacity of Eastern A, Eastern B, and the Khneifess phosphate rock mines is 2.65Mt per year.
Of proliferation concern, the Sawwaneh phosphate rock located at Eastern A and B contains about 60 to 80 parts per million of uranium. While the micro-pilot Uranium Recovery Plant at Homs is not attempting to extract uranium from this particular phosphate rock, it could potentially exploit this resource in the future. 
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