The government of the Angolan province of Kwanza Sul has authorised mining company Sociedade Mineira de Catoca to carry out prospecting for diamond mining in the mining concessions of Gango and Quitúbia, after conclusion of surveying work, the company said in a statement.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the statement from Sociedade Mineira de Catoca said that soon equipment would be installed at the concession areas.
Attempts have been made to launch exploration at the Gango project since 2001 and at the Quitúbia project a prospecting programme was drawn up, topographical charts were acquired for the concession, field visits were made to assess the state of the roads, bridges and the location of an area to install the future logistics base.
As part of the project demining of the two concession areas is also planned, as well as analysis of the geological materials available there, opening up roads, setting up equipment and recruiting specialists.
Each of the two projects (Quitúbia and Gango) has a concession area of around 3,000 square kilometres.
These will be the first diamond mining projects in Kwanza Sul.
Kwanza Sul, which has 12 municipal areas (Amboim, Cassongue, Cela, Conda, Ebo, Libolo, Mussende, Porto Amboim, Quilenda, Quibala, Seles and Sumbe) covers an area of 55,600 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 600,000 people. Its main activities are coffee production, fishing, livestock, and handicrafts. (macauhub)