Angola: Copper mining in Huambo begins in 2009

26 December 2008

Huambo, Angola, 26 Dec – The provincial director for Industry, Geology and Mining of Angola’s Huambo province, said Tuesday that as of 2009 the “Discovery Grupo” company would mine copper in the districts of Longonjo and Ukuma.

Manuel Chieque told news agency Angop that surveying and prospecting work had already been carried out across an area of 2,000 square kilometres, and the next step was to start mining the copper.

Chieque told Angop that mining copper in Huambo province would drive the emergence of industries to produce electric cables.

Chieque also noted that there were projects underway in Huambo for surveying and prospecting mercury and diamonds.

The geology and mining sector in Huambo is currently restricted to sand quarrying and setting up quarries to produce aggregates for the construction industry. (macauhub)