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Central province maps out titanium mining master plan

Published by MAC on 2006-08-03

Central province maps out titanium mining master plan

Vietnam Economic Review – Translated by Thanh Tuan

3rd August 2006

http://www.thanhniennews.com/business/?catid=2&newsid=18427

The central Thua Thien Hue province, home to the nation's largest titanium reserves, has recently ratified a master plan to exploit the valuable metal to 2015, the Vietnam Economic Review reports today.

The plan encompasses an area from the coastal sands in Dien Loc Commune to Chan May port with two large mines of Quang Ngan and Ke Sung-Vinh My.

Four other smaller mines would also be featured in the master plan, which will exploit a total of about 2.5 million tons of titanium over the next 10 years.

Because of its strength and light weight, titanium is used in metallic alloys and as a substitute for aluminum.

Alloyed with aluminum and vanadium, titanium is widely used in the making of aircraft, missiles and space capsules.

A commercial transport aircraft uses between 318 and 1134 kg of the metal.T

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