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Deposit No. 1182

  • Location
    45km southwest of Palmyra [1]
  • Type
    Nuclear-Mining and Milling
  • Facility Status

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Deposit No.1182 is a series of phosphate deposits, the most productive of which are the Alsharqia A and B mines, with a reserve of 185,000 tons. 1 2

Syria uses phosphate rock mined from the Charkiet deposit to produce phosphoric acid at the Homs fertilizer plant. However, the Charkiet phosphate rock also contains approximately 60 to 100 parts per million of uranium. 3 At its micro-pilot Uranium Recovery Plant, Syria is attempting to separate the uranium from the phosphoric acid. 4


Uranium is a metal with the atomic number 92. See entries for enriched uranium, low enriched uranium, and highly enriched uranium.


  1. Carlotta B. Chernoff and G.J. Orris, “Data Set of World Phosphate Mines, Deposits, and Occurrences - Part A.: Geological Data,” U.S. Geological Survey, 2002.
  2. S. Omara, “Phosphatic Deposits in Syria and Safaga District, Egypt,” Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists, March 1965, p. 215.
  3. Jamal Asfahani, “Phosphate Prospecting Using Natural Gamma Ray Well Logging in the Khneifiss Mine, Syria,” Exploration and Mining Geology 11, Nos. 1-4, 2002, p. 61.
  4. Y. Koudsi, S. Khorfan, H. Shleweit, A. Dahdouh, and M. Sweid, “Effect of Oxidation-Reduction on the Extraction of Uranium from Wet Phosphoric Acid by DEHPA/TOPO,” Aalam Al-Zarra, Mar-Apr 1998, pp. 59-62; S. Khorfan, Y. Koudsi, A. Dahdouh, and H. Shleweit, “Preliminary investigation on the extraction of uranium from Syrian phosphoric acid,” International Conference on Uranium Extraction, Chinese Nuclear Society, 1996.


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