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Limestone opportunity on the table

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
THOMPSON

FOLLOWING TALKS of engaging other areas of mining, such as limestone, commissioner of Mines and Geology, Clinton Thompson, has said though it is still on the table, it may take a while to get off the ground.

Thompson told The Gleaner on Monday that research and preparatory work is currently being done.

"It's still showing prospects, and there are a lot of enquiries, but where we would love to go is more towards where there is value added. It will take a while, and maybe it won't even come to fruition within this year, but it's definitely still on the agenda," he said.

"Various organisations are coming on board and we are discovering some new uses. It is one of the minerals that based on its nature, we will find uses in various forms, so we know that there is a future in this venture," Thompson said.

He added: "It will depend on the partnerships that can be developed. We want to ensure that we are able to develop the right partnerships and provide products that are of high quality. You can see the interest based on the calls we get, but at this time, we have to ensure that we have enough information and that there is value."

jodi-ann.gilpin@gleanerjm.com