The ongoing geological survey in Angola, as part of the National Geology Plan (Planageo) should be completed by the end of the year, the minister of Geology and Mining said Tuesday in Luanda .
Minister Francisco Queiroz, who was speaking on the sidelines of the swearing in of new Ministry staff, said the next step would be to collect samples for further laboratory analysis.
Queiroz recalled that laboratories in Kilamba (Luanda), Saurimo (Lunda Sul) and Huíla are at an advanced stage of construction and are, “expected to be ready within the established deadlines.”
Through Planageo the government of Angola plans to relaunch and boost the mining sector, increase knowledge of the country’s geology and mineral resources and ensure sustainable development of the country, particularly by increasing the contribution of the mining sector.
Core work on Planageo includes geophysical, geochemical and geological surveys, geological mapping at a 1: 250,000 scale and metallic minerals at a 1: 100,000 scale, mineral studies to support construction on the scale of 1: 50,000.
The information collected and subsequently made available will allow public and private companies to select the most promising targets for implementation of mining projects, making it easier to locate deposits, whose exploration will contribute significantly to the economic and social development of Angola. (macauhub/AO)