ARA is a founding member and minority shareholder in a large mining and industrial project, GolGohar Iron and Steel Development(GISD), producing pellets and steel thin slabs. GISD Iron Ore mines are located in southern Iran, about 50 km from Sirjan, in southwest of Kerman Province. GISD Mines contain 6 different ore bodies spread over an area of 40 square km. The total deposits of iron ore in the region are estimated to be over 1.135 billion tons. The major ore body has a deposit of more than 650 million tons. GISD is connected to the Trans-Iranian Railway through the Tehran-Bandar Abbas line.