Prospecting work begins at the Kassala-Kitungo iron ore and manganese mines, in Angola

26 January 2012

Dondo, Angola, 26 Jan – Prospecting work to re-open the iron ore and manganese mines in Kassala-Kitungo, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, began last week, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The project, which is part of public-private partnership involving state mining company Empresa Nacional de Ferro de Angola (Ferrangol) and Angola Exploration Mining Resources (AEMR), was launched in the first half of 2011, when the access route and galleries at the mine were re-opened manually.

At the time the chairman of Ferrangol, Diamantino Azevedo, said that geological surveys were due to be carried out to establish the quality and quantity of ore at the mine, as well as its potential lifetime.

After meeting a number of prerequisites, he said, AEMR planned to draw up the feasibility projects for mining and processing the ore.

He also said that the public-private partnership for iron ore mining also included the Cassinga project in Huila province, prospecting work for which was being concluded, with mining due to begin this year. (macauhub)