Basalt deposits discovered in the Brest Depression may become a source of raw materials for the manufacture of mineral fibers, whereas Belarus is currently importing basalt. It is possible to involve foreign investors for the project of basalt deposit exploitation.
According to Sergei Mamchik, the Head of Department for Geology of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, increasing the mining capacity is a priority of the state program “Environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources for 2016-2020”.
This program plans to allocate about 129 billion of non-denominated Belarusian roubles for the geological exploration and research projects. In addition, Belarus is working on the Union State Program “Exploration and Environmental Management”, which is supposed to improve the efficiency of mineral exploration.
The manufacturer of a highly competitive basalt fiber is Belarus JSC Polotsk-Steklovolokno. At present, the plant exploits Ukrainian basalt rock as a raw material. However, the discovered basalt deposits allow the country to stop import and start to use local raw materials. Polotsk-Steklovolokno is a leading glass fiber manufacturer in Belarus and all over the world, with nearly one-third of innovative products.