The Geological Service Division of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will be undertaking 12 projects across the country aimed at mapping Guyana’s mineral deposit, GINA said.
The 12 projects are part of an initiative to map the entire country’s mineral deposits by 2020. The government has set aside some $2B for this effort, according to GINA.
In the coming weeks, geologists will be in South Rupununi, Region Nine and the North West District, Region One to collect samples.
Geologist of the GGMC, Lawrence Simon was quoted by GINA as saying that, while the information gathered will allow the GGMC to update its geological maps, it will also be invaluable to miners. Miners could use the information to pin point exactly where gold or other mineral deposits are located.
Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes reasoned that this information will reduce wanton destruction of the environment while fitting perfectly into the government’s green economy agenda.
The Minister added, that she would like to see the information gathered from the exercise further quantified. “I would want to see that we move to quantification so not only do we know that there is some amount of mineral here but, we know the value, the worth for the mineral that is there,” Broomes said.
Last year, the Geology Service Division was in Itaballi, Region Seven, collecting samples for testing as part of the mapping initiative. The three month project was completed in December 2016.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has also engaged the consultancy service of a specialist research geologist to enhance the GGMC’s capacity in the area of mineral exploration and mapping.