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Exploration and mining exploitation Projects in Cameroon and Africa

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Description du projet : Cameroon has significant mineral resources and largely untapped. To accelerate the industrialisation, the country has intensified exploration, exploitation and processing of such resources, attracting investors in these activities with high capital intensity and technology.

The contribution of the mining sector (excluding oil) in GDP is still marginal (less than 1). However, the mining sector in Cameroon is currently at a crossroads in its development. The exploitation of known future world class deposits will significantly boost the sector. Most of the mining activity in addition to solid careers for construction materials is confined more or less in the informal sector of artisanal miming. No industrial exploitation of mineral concession has yet emerged in Cameroon. Therefore, it should be noted weak diffusion of existing geological potential.

Cameroon is currently in the midst of a major shift in the nature of its extractive industries. It is important to be familiar with the history of how the nation’s extractive industries have developed, as well as the direction in which they are now going.

Since independence, the only mining that has taken place is small-scale, artisanal mining, most of which is concentrated in the East region of the country. In 1977, companies began extracting oil, mostly offshore in the Rio del Rey area. The peak of oil production was in the 1980s, when Cameroon was producing 150,000-180,000 barrels of oil per day. For a number of years, oil production was critical to the national economy – it accounted for 25-50 of the national revenue, and over ½ of Cameroon’s total export. In the 1990s production was decreasing, and by 2000 less than 100,000 barrels per day were being produced. The decline in production continued, reaching record lows in 2009 and 2010 of 65,000-73,000 barrels per day. Now most of the major oil reserves are depleted, and the nation is looking for something to replace the revenue that oil production can no longer supply.

Cameroon is now hoping to develop mining as the industry to replace oil extraction. Currently there is exploration for possible industrial mining projects, for iron, bauxite, gold, uranium, diamond and other minerals, mostly in the South and East regions of the country. The mining projects bring both opportunities and risks to the communities in which they are located as well as the nation itself.

It has been revealed so far, at least 52 kinds of mineral resources each a mining target. Mining target is a mineral occurrence already identified and studied for geochemical anomaly to the stage of deposit.

In terms of gold, at least 140 targets with the majority located within a wide corridor that integrates western Central African Republic (CAR), southern Chad, the eastern part of Cameroon, the Adamawa Region and part of the regions of North and Far North. There is continuity between the border gold targets in Cameroon, CAR and Chad as well as identity of geological context.

In the case of diamond, including 9 to 17 targets within the large gold corridor are subject to artisanal mining in the border with CAR. Several clues in the series of lower Dja including a deposit (Mobilong) consisting of 26 small sites in operation. Touboro in the extreme south of the country, significant diamond indices were found along 700 km of border with CAR, which produc between 400,000 and 800,000 carats of diamonds per year.

About Gem, at least five good targets sapphire were found in the sedimentary series of the Gulf of Mamfe in rivers and Munaya Nsanasaki. The research has given a guaranteed minimum of 830g 2.107g of sapphire gem quality located in the area of Nsanarakati. Sapphire has been discovered in the Adamawa Province and is subject to intense artisanal mining at 04 of 05 departments that make up the province.

On graphite, at least five clues found in the series of lom around Betare Oya Yingui to the north-east of Douala and in the far north in the vicinity of moue Mayo and Mayo Boula.

Regarding titanium, 65 targets have been identified. The majority expressed as rutile and garnet associated with disthenes and is located in the large gap para-derived group Yaounde extended towards NW over 50 000 km ². Cameroon was the third largest producer of rutile after Australia and the United States. Recent studies have reserves of 3 million tons of titanium placer for Akonolinga area in the course of using water tributaries and major collectors. Good concentrations expressed as ilmenite are in the sands of the sea coast with a non-exhaustive evaluation giving 500,000 tons of ilmenite. The reserves of rutile are the second world reserve after Sierra Leone.

Regarding aluminum, 06 indices and bauxite deposits have been identified, including the deposit Mini Martap with 1.116 billion ton to 43.7 alumina and 1.8 silica. Geological reserves for this field can reach 2 billion tons. We distinguish smaller deposits such as those of Ngaoundal (120 MT), Fongo Tongo (46mt) Bangam (19 MT) and a good index at Fumban. The potential was the fifth or sixth world reserve currency.

In the case of oil, the 03 coastal sedimentary basins are recognized oil: Rio del Rey, Douala and Kribi-Campo. Since 1997/98, it is also used in the basins of Douala / Kribi - Campo (Ebomé Marine) albeit to a lesser extent (10 000 bbl / day). Positive wells for oil have already been implemented by Philips in the Douala basin. Other intercontinental sedimentary basins are subject to a strong presumption of hydrocarbons: Mamfe basin, Garoua and Logone Birni the Far North. This basin is near the Doba Basin in Chad for the extraction of oil transported through the pipe line through Cameroon to the coast of Kribi.

Faced with such a huge and diversified concrete opportunities, strong local but also foreign demand, can only rejoice. For gold only, the overall production of Cameroon is estimated at 170 kg per month. The Gold production benefit from artisanal miners. Added to this, almost 40 kg of Gold from the mechanization of artisanal mining. In short, there is at least 200kg of gold out of the country every month.

Montant de l'investissement : 24 644 430 USD


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