Thursday, November 30, 2023

Egypt awards 11 companies concessions in mining bid round



CAIRO – Egypt has awarded 82 exploration blocks to 11 companies in an international bid round for mineral exploration, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Thursday.

Among the companies awarded concessions were Australia’s Centamin, Canadian companies B2Gold, Barrick Gold, Lotus Gold, Red Sea resources and Britain’s AKH Gold.

Though Egypt has a history of gold-mining stretching back to the pharaohs, it has only one commercial gold mine, Centamin’s Sukari, which contributes up to $900-million a year to its gross domestic product.

The winning companies were awarded only 29% of the blocks on offer in the bid round.

Egypt is targeting $1-billion in investment in the mining sector and has opened up a second bid round for gold and mineral exploration from Thursday to last four months, Molla said.

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