On January 24, the Cameroonian government officially launched a geological and geochemical mapping program in six regions of the country. These are Adamaoua (photo), Center, East, Littoral, North-West and South-West.
This exploration of mining sites will be carried out by a consortium of cabinets set up by BRGM, the Cameroonian company BEIG3 and the Finnish GTK.
During 30 months, about fifteen experts from this consortium will cross the six regions mentioned above, with the aim of “realizing 13 geological maps at 1/200 000, exploring mining sites with a total of 18 000 samples, and put in place a system of geological and mining information for the dissemination of information and promotion of the Cameroonian mining sector “.
This geological and geochemical mapping program has a budget of about CFAF 4.5 billion financed by the World Bank. It is carried out within the framework of the Mining Sector Capacity Building Project (Precasem), led by the Ministry of Mines.
It should be remembered that within the framework of the Precasem, the Government of Cameroon initiated, in January 2014, an “airborne geophysical survey” covering an area of 160,000 km2 in six regions of the country (North, Adamawa , West, East, Littoral and Center).
All its activities aim to evaluate the real mining potential of Cameroon, of which only 40% of the territory has been the subject of mining exploration so far.