The Hajigak iron ore deposit is situated in the mountainous Bamyan province, 130 km west of the capital, Kabul.
It is one of several iron deposits within this area however; it is the largest located to date. The ore occurs within the Herat fault-zone as sub-concordant sheets and lenses within Proterozoic Meta-sedimentary and Meta-volcanic rocks.
A study in the 1960’s demonstrated the mineral potential of the region, and estimated, at that time, the Hajigak resource as having some 1.8 billion tons of iron ore, with a concentration of approximately 62% Fe.
This assessment enables the Hajigak deposit to be classified as truly significant on a global scale.
Additionally, the presence of coking coal in nearby Shabashak, combined with this world-class ranking of Hajigak iron ore, allows for this resource to be considered an exceptionally favorable target for both economic development and exploitation.