AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF A WHITE NAHCOLITE INSTALLATION IN COLORADO, OPTION 1, CIRCA 1971

Option I is concerned only with material from a "white nahcolite bed" in the Piceance Creek basin, Colorado, containing a high concentration of sodium bicarbonate at a nominal depth of 1,900 feet. A nahcolite mine and processing plant is designed to mine 8,000 tons of nahcolite ore per calendar day yielding 4,071 tons per calendar day of soda ash product. This will require a total capital investment of $80,213,200 based on 1971 conditions. The soda ash will yield an annual income of $52,749,400. Annual operating expenses including labor, materials, maintenance, taxes, insurance, payroll overhead and depreciation will be $18,821,900 in 1971 dollars. The discounted cash flow rate of return is equal to 30.74 percent based on a weighted average depreciation life of 12.88 years.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This article was prepared by the Staff of the Bureau of Mines. Notification appeared in the Bureau of Mines--New Publication, Monthly List 690.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Mines

    College Park Research Center
    College Park, MD  USA  20742
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

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  • Pagination: 69 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00040974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Mines
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BuMines OFR 31-72
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1974 12:00AM