The Saindak copper-gold deposits, located at a distance of 35 km from Pakistani border town Taftan and 325 km from the city of Dalbandin, was discovered by Geological Survey of Pakistan in 1961. The area was further studied from 1972 to 1973 and the mineralized zones were defined as East, North and South ore bodies. From 1974 to 1977, Resource Development Corporation (RDC), later on called Saindak Metals Limited (SML), carried out the exploratory work through drilling of 135 bore-holes in the targeted areas.A brief of South, North and East ore bodies is as follows
During the geological evaluation period, SML drilled 40 exploratory holes in the East Ore-Body. Between 2007 and 2008, Sinomines Resource Exploration Co. Ltd., China drilled 16 exploratory holes (10,595 m. In January 2019, MRDL submitted Design Scheme of Supplementary Geological Exploration for Saindak East Ore-Body and drilled 46 holes (10,875 meters) including 7 for geotechnical studies upto May 2019. Final feasibility study was submitted in Decamber 2020. The main features i.e Geological resources with 0.36% Cu @ 0.25%Cu cutoff grade: 336 million ton. Mineable ore reserves@ 0.374%Cu. 85.60 Million ton. Waste rock: 68.87 million ton. Ore production : 12500 t/d, 4.25 million t/y. ROM Cu feed grade : 0.364%Cu.
On 23rd September 1990, a contract was signed between MCC, China and RDC Pakistan for development of SOB of Saindak copper-gold deposits and MCC submitted a basic design for the same As per basic design submitted by ENFI China, the salient features of SOB were as under:-
In December 2014, Kunming Prospecting Design Institute of China Nonferrous Metals Industry submitted the detailed geological survey report of North Ore-Body to MRDL/MCC and ENFI China. They drilled 64 exploratory holes (18,000 m). In December 2015, MRDL submitted the feasibility study report for open pit mining of North Ore-Body. The estimated total ore resources were 46.429 million ton, the average grade of copper as 0.37%, quantity of associated gold was worked out to 6,346 kg with the average grade of gold as 0.14 g/t. After geological modeling and pit designing, the indicated and inferred ore quantity became 10.308 million ton with average copper grade of 0.38% and gold at 0.22 gram/ton.