Let'sLock - Minerals & Ores

Minerals & Ores Department

On our recent business trip to Pakistan opened new opportunities for the firm and recently company signed a lease agreement with local Mine contractors of an essential industrial mineral called Barite.

Barite is a mineral composed of barium sulfate (BaSO4). It receives its name from the Greek word "barys" which means "heavy." This name is in response to barite's high specific gravity of 4.5, which is exceptional for a nonmetallic mineral. The high specific gravity of barite makes it suitable for a wide range of industrial, medical, and manufacturing uses. Barite is also used in radiology for x-rays of the digestive system. When pulverized, it is added to drilling fluids, which is poured into oil wells during drilling job.  

Pakistan ranks fourteenth globally, among 35 countries with deposits of over 30 million tons of barite, medium to high grade. Unfortunately, its production has been too slow and remains static for the last seven years or so. In the year 2003, barite production amounted to 40,745 tons that increased in subsequent year to 44,207 tons. Its production declined to 42,087 tons in 2005 but picked up to 45,169 tons in 2006. Since then this sector is been growing. Gulf countries are the biggest market for Pakistani Barite.

In order to introduce Barite to the US market. Our company has signed mining lease with local partners for Barite spanning an area of over 500 acres in Lesbella district, Pakistan. The current lease is valid for 33 years. Annual production capacity is between 200,000 to 250,000 metric tons

Current Business Activities

Mining, Grinding and Marketing of Drilling Grade Barites powder and ore to mainly Oil and Gas drilling companies globally.

Grinding Facility

LETSLOCK has exclusive partnership in Pakistan with grinding mills, for grinding of barite ore extracted from Lasbella Mines.

Daily Average Production

Barite Mining 500 - 800 Metric Tons
Grinding 300 - 400 Metric Tons

Quality Control

LETSLOCK is extremely conscious of maintaining high quality standards. LETSLOCK products are certified from independent labs (SGS Pakistan (Pvt) Limited & Qualities laboratory Karachi) for cross confirmation of test results and Administration control. Buyers are also encouraged to carry out analysis through their own resources

Storage Capacity

LETSLOCK has its storage facility spanning 16,000 sq yard at its mill premises at Karachi. We have facility to stock up to 20,000 metric tons ground barite and 200,000 metric tons in ore / lumps form to meet emergency requirements of global customers.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Commercial Product Name LetsLock
Chemical name of the substance Barium Sulfate, BaSO4
Molecular Weight 233.39
EC No 231-784-4
CAS No 7727-43-7
HS Code 2511.1000
Availability Powder (200 mesh or 75µm), ore / lumps (50-250 mm)
Packing material for powder 1.0 ton & 1.5-ton capacity polypropylene woven jumbo bag with polyethylene inner lining
Ore / Lumps In loose form, size 50-250 mm
Relative density 3.9 up to 4.5 mg/cm³
Barium Contents 90% to 95%
Color / Odor Varies from grayish to white depending on relative density
Melting point 1580 °C
Water solubility slightly soluble
Partition coefficient n-octanol / water : no data available
Explosive properties not applicable
Oxidizing properties not applicable

Industrial Uses

Drilling applications: As weighting agent during drilling of Oil and Gas wells. Other use: In the paper, rubber and miscellaneous industries; as a filler or extender in cloth, ink, and plastics products; in radiography ("barium milkshake"); as getter (scavenger) alloys in vacuum tubes; deoxidizer for copper; lubricant for anode rotors in X-ray tubes; spark-plug alloys as absorbent in dynamite. Also used to make an expensive white pigment.