According to the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Geological Institute of Angola (Igeo), Canga Xiaquivuila, US $ 259.4 million has already been invested in this project, which corresponds to a financial execution of 64 percent, with a physical execution of 66 percent. cent.
Planageo was launched in May 2014 with the assumed objective of making a scientific survey of the mineral and geological potential in order to attract international investment to the sector.
The results achieved by Planageo, the physical and financial execution of Igeo's infrastructures in the light of the "structuring" project and the laboratory infrastructures to support mining in Angola were presented to the press this Wednesday.
Canga Xiaquivuila said, at the opening of the meeting that took place in Luanda, that Planageo proposes to relaunch, boost and increase the tax contribution of the mineral resources sub-sector, as well as improving knowledge of the geology and the potential of the country's mineral resources.
The data resulting from a geophysical aerial survey, at an average height of 120 meters and with a spacing between lines of 1000 meters, already concluded, led the authorities to divide the territory into three work zones. The northern region of Angola comprises zone 1, the east region zone 2 the south region zone 3.
Igeo's technical consultant, Paulo Tanganga, who carried out the technical presentation and the results achieved by Planageo, said that the land geophysical surveys in zone 3, which aimed to "map the thickness of the sedimentary cover of southern Angola", are also concluded.
In the northern and southern regions of Angola, he explained, geological mapping at the scales of 1: 250,000, 1: 100,000 and 1: 50,000 are completed, regions where samples are being collected for treatment and laboratory analysis in mineralogy, petrography and geochronology.
Sampling is also underway in the southern region of Angola to be subjected to treatment and laboratory analysis for current sediments and mining concentrate and the process of mapping the potential of construction material and for the manufacturing industry in the region, he noted.
Paulo Tanganha also pointed out the occurrence of miners in protected environmental reserves, as in the Okavango Basin, "with the potential for diamonds and irons", when the Law on Conservation Areas is being revised to accommodate the exploitation of mineral resources in protected areas .
"All mining activity in the country is carried out within the scope of the Mining Code, which is a legal instrument and any attached mining investment contract has an environmental impact study attached," assured Paulo Tanganha, when asked about the exploitation of mining resources in protected areas.
In relation to the eastern region of Angola, the chairman of the board of directors of Igeo, Canga Xiaquivuila, said that the area has just completed the aerial survey of geophysics, lacking geological and geochemical surveys and specific studies, "conditioned by financial constraints".
In the east, he explained, "work is currently halted due to financial constraints and as soon as we resolve that part we will do the same work that has already been completed in other areas".
Among the results achieved, within the scope of Planageo, the authorities say, Igeo, which has a Data Processing Center, already has an aero-geophysical map on a regional scale throughout the national territory and with the definition of domains geological.
The authorities point out the topographic maps at scale 1: 1,000,000 with updates on the development of public and private infrastructures, geological maps of the entire southern region of the country, with 44 cartographic sheets, geological maps with the potential in ornamental rocks, construction materials and industrial minerals as other results achieved.
The Igeo headquarters building, opened by President João Lourenço in June 2020, three geoscience laboratories in Luanda, Lunda Sul and Huíla, equipped and equipped with modern technology and the Angolan Geoscience Database are "results of Planageo".