The future headquarters of the Angolan Geological Institute are due to start being built soon in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new neighbourhood of the Angolan capital built by Chinese company CITIC Construction, said the institute’s technical director in Luanda Tuesday.
Presenting the National Geology Plan (Planageo) at the inaugural ceremony, Seca Cassange also said that construction of the building in the south of the capital, also by a Chinese company, was part of the five-year plan to be carried out between 2013 and 2017.
Alongside surveys to fill in information gaps about Angola’s geology and mining potential and drawing up Angola’s mineralogical chart, he said, two further regional offices of the institute will be built and equipped with laboratories, in Huíla province and the city of Saurimo in Lunda Sul province.
Four international companies selected in an international public tender are the operators of the aforementioned plan – CITIC Construction (China), Impulso (Brazil), Costa Negócios (Portugal) and Satec (Spain) – and the cost of the plan is estimated at US$413 million, Geology and Mining Minister Francisco Queirós told Angolan news agency Angop.
For execution of Planageo, Angola’s territory was split into three areas – northwest, southeast and south, and east and northeast – and sub-divided into 22 blocks in order to make data collection easier.
The current headquarters of the Angolan Geological Institute are in Luanda and the Institute’s director, is engineer Makenda Ambroise, a senior official from the Geology and Mining Ministry. (macauhub/AO)