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Government bets on Namibe mining sector

Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, revealed that the government continues to bet on the mining exploitation of Namibe. He said that so far, together with rock operators, issues related to port tariffs, transportation and energy have been identified.

: Ana Bela Fritz/Angop
Ana Bela Fritz/Angop  

According to the minister, the National Zoology Plan continues to be worked on. This plan "will make available the zoo charts, the zoo maps with the basic zoo knowledge, that is, with anomalies and mineral occurrences, for investors to continue the actions of zoological verification until reaching the reserve resource, for a possible exploitation of these mineral resources," he indicated.

The plan, which aims to capture investment through zoo knowledge of the country, also provides for the installation of infrastructure and training of staff.

In this sense, the headquarters of the Angola Zoo Institute and laboratories in Luanda, Lunda Sul and Huíla were inaugurated. "In the province of Huíla, the first phase of an ornamental rocks valorization center was built and will be inaugurated soon. But it is already available for entrepreneurs to use for the analysis of ornamental rocks," he added, quoted by Angop.

In Namibe, the holder of the Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas portfolio, indicated that environmental impact studies are being conducted.

"There is a project that is not located in Namibe province, but that is important for Namibe. It is Jamba Mineira's iron exploration project, which is under execution. It is also planned the construction of a steel mill in this city".

As for oil exploration in the Namibe basin, Diamantino Azevedo assured that the project will only advance when the environment and the well-being of the population are safeguarded.

For this, he said, environmental impact studies and public consultations are being conducted so that the residents of the region can give their opinion on the project.

"It is natural that there are concerns on the part of the population that should be exposed and discussed, in spaces like these, in a polite and constructive way. Our country has mineral resources that should be managed in a rational way", he said, quoted by Angop.

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