The industrial mining of gold in Angola is expected to begin in 2018 in the mines of Mpopo, Jamba municipality, southern Huila province, said the chairman of Angolan iron ore company Ferrangol, recently.
Diamantino Azevedo told Angolan news agency Angop that the operation will be carried out by precious metals company Somepa, a 100 percent Angolan public-private, which is part of Ferrangol.
The chairman of Ferrangol said Somepa is preparing the technical and human resources to start the operation, while waiting for an operating license after prospecting work and preparation of economic feasibility and environmental impact have been completed.
Azevedo also mentioned there were indications of gold occurrences in Chipindo, also in Huila province, where a survey is being conducted by Angolan company Lafech.
The chairman of Ferrangol also said preparations were underway for approval of prospecting for five projects in Cabinda Province and some in the provinces of Kwanza Norte and Moxico. (macauhub/AO)