Limestone Value-added Production

There are enormous deposits of high quality limestone (98% CaCO3 high purity grade) in Jamaica, and this abundant and versatile mineral has significant economic value. The country has the capacity to become a key international supplier of this in-demand product, which has numerous applications for food processing, manufacturing and the development of pharmaceutical and industrial items.


Jamaica possesses true marble deposits of commercial significance, which can be used in the dimension stone industry. Jamaican marbles are characterised by vibrant colours, unique grains and outstanding beauty that make them ideal for luxurious and high-end applications.

Marble can be extracted as properly dimensioned and shaped blocks, but smaller blocks and irregular shaped pieces can also be obtained and utilized. Marble deposits with the highest economic potential can be found in Red Ground, Point Hill and Hellshire, St. Catherine; Chepstowe and Berwick Spring in Portland; Rodons Store in Clarendon; Cuckold Point in Manchester; Mavis Bank in St. Andrew; Garbrand Hall and Serge Island in St. Thomas. The potential exists for discovery of additional deposits across the island.
Rare Earth Minerals

Jamaica is seeking to become a major player in the international rare earth minerals market, as the country's red mud deposits boast up to 2,500 per cent higher concentration of these elements than global competitors. In early 2013, a pilot project to extract rare earth oxides from red mud - a by-product of bauxite refining to alumina, was jointly launched by the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) and Nippon Light Metals Company Limited from Japan.

Rare earth oxides, which are used in high technology and environmental applications, are currently being traded at rates of up to US$3,500 per kilogram. Investment in this lucrative emerging segment of the mining sector is expected to grow in the medium term.



Berletta Forrester
Email : bforrester@jamprocorp.com | Tel : 876-978-7755 ext 2259