Stressing that Nigeria had the largest deposits of barite in Africa, the miners, led by their chairman, Steven Alao, said the IOCs should be made to purchase barite locally as a separate item ...
Mining of barite is left in the hands of unskilled and poorly resourced small- scale artisanal miners. The aims of this work are to identify and analyse barite producing countries in Africa, and compare the demand and supply as well as import and export of barite in Africa.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, Thursday, disclosed that Federal Government will soon ban barite importation into the country.
1. Nigeria may have an abundance of oil and gas resources in the country, but it offers the same mineralisation wealth in mining-related minerals, particularly iron ore, coal, barite, bitumen, limestone and lead/zinc, and the ever so desirable gold.
Cairncross, B., and Rademeyer, B., 2001 Large barite crystals from the Elandsrand gold mine, South Africa. Mineralogical Record 32 3 177-180; Cairncross, B., 2004 Field Guide To Rocks and Minerals Of Southern Africa, pg 46;
Over 7.5m tonnes of barite have been reportedly identified in Cross River, Benue, Taraba, and Bauchi states. The states hosting most barite mining activity are Nasarawa, Taraba, Cross River, and Benue. There are more than 200 barite sites that have been or are being worked in the Benue Trough, and barite quality varies widely see chart .
Though it may be hard and heavy, one can forget using this mineral for strength, however. In fact, Barite has a tendency to be brittle and break easily. 4. Lo ion. Barite is found in many regions around the world, but the majority of large Barite deposits are found within the populous Asian nations of China and India.
Barite is the primary ore of barium, which is used to make a wide variety of barium compounds. Some of these are used for x-ray shielding. Barite has the ability to block x-ray and gamma-ray emissions. Barite is used to make high-density concrete to block x-ray emissions in hospitals, power plants, and laboratories.