Industry, Logistics & Shipping

Oman to grant copper mining licences to UK firm

UK-based Savannah Resources, a leader in the mining industry, said that it has been advised by Oman’s Public Authority for Mining (PAM) that it intends to grant mining licences for high-grade copper deposits.  

UK-based Savannah  Resources, a leader in the mining industry, said that it has been advised by Oman’s Public  Authority  for  Mining (PAM) that it intends to grant mining  licences  over  the  Mahab  4  and  Maqail  South  high-grade  copper  deposits.  

PAM has specified that the mining licences will be granted once new licensing fees have been set under the new Mining Law and the fees paid, a Savannah statement said.

Savannah  is  a  65 per cent  shareholder  in  the  Omani  company  Al  Fairuz  Mining,  the  holder  of  the  Block  5 Exploration Licence which includes these two high-grade deposits.

Savannah’s CEO, David Archer said: “We are delighted to receive this advice and we look forward to securing the granted Mining Licences once the Oman government promulgates a new schedule of fees and the relevant fees are paid.”

“Mahab 4 and Maqail South are examples of the type of high-grade copper deposits that are characteristic of the Oman Ophiolite Belt and will be in the vanguard of new copper mine developments in Oman.

“Block 5 remains highly prospective for the discovery of further high-grade deposits that could further augment the planned hub-and-spoke mine development based around Mahaband Maqail South We look forward to announcing the final award of the Mining Licences in due course,” he added.

“As we stated in our Annual Report in May, award of the mining licences we have applied for in Oman would help to provide greater clarity on these projects for all stakeholders. The strategic review we announced at that time to identify Savannah’s best course of action in regard to these projects is continuing, and we will update shareholders as and when is appropriate,” Archer concluded. – TradeArabia News Service