Tungsten trioxide reserves of Kazakhstan are estimated at over 2 million tons.
The development of the industry began in 1970s. But the project was suspended in 1993 due to numerous economical and political reasons.
So far 12 deposits have been prospected in the country. The largest of them are Verkhneye Kayraktinskoye and Severniy Katpar in Karaganda region. Their combined reserves amount to 1.3 million tons of tungsten.
After these two deposits reach their project capacity, Kazakhstan will be the world second producer of tungsten after China. (Ukrainian metal)