The Mozambican government plans to launch an international public tender to contract a company to carry out a detailed geological survey of the country, the national director for geology and mines said.
Elias Daudi told the Maputo-based daily Notícias that the Natural Resources Ministry was still committed to the geological survey at 1/50,000 scale. The aim is to ascertain existing mineral resources in detail, despite current financial difficulties.
The survey will complement the geophysical survey already carried out in the southern part of Nampula province and the northern part of Zambézia province.
“The geophysical survey using aerial means has been completed in those two areas. The second phase involving the geological survey at 1/50,000 scale is now being planned,” the national geology and mines director explained.
Daudi did not reveal figures for the amounts involved in the operation, indicating that everything would depend on the upcoming international public tender. But he added that the respective financing has been assured via the World Bank. (Macauhub/MZ)