Pljevlja – The mine of lead and zinc “Suplja stijena” (HOLLOW ROCK) in Gradac near Pljevlja formally ceased to exist under that name – said the bankruptcy management of that enterprise.
After two years the bankruptcy in “Suplja stijena”, whose property in the meantime was bought for 401.000 euros by the Slovenian company “Gradir”, has been finalized at the end of last year.
The money which was gained was given for the payment of the expenses of the bankruptcy procedure.
– After 6 years, the production in that mine, which from now on will be operating under the name “Gradir – Montenegro” will be continued most likely in the middle of the year – thinks the ex bankruptcy director of that mine, Ratomir Stanic.
The Government has approved concessions for exploiting of ore for 20 years to Slovenians, and the new owner in the meantime chooses the necessary equipment for the continuation of the production.
Stanic said that the new owner has the intention of building a section of the factory for pre concentration and flotation in the lodgment Stula, because of the decrease of transport expenses, where the ore is being dig. Flotation section of the factory until now was located in the lodgment Gradac, and it is old. Company “Gradir” has obliged itself with the contract that in the following 5 years period they will invest about 19 millions of euros in the mine, of which 8 millions of euros in the period of the first year.
Slovenians have planned t produce 200 thousands of tones of burrowed ore in the year 2007, in the 2008 530.000 tones, and in the period from 2011 to 2016 they have planned the production of 750.000 tones.
Total geological reserves of ore are about 90 millions of tones. That mine was opened in 1953, and it existed as a successful enterprise until 1985. The same year the force management was introduced and the enterprise ceased to work in 1987. The new opening of the mine came in 1997 and once again it functioned as a part of the RMHK “Trepca”, in order for it to stop working in 1999.