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‘Substantial mineral deposits in West and South Darfur’: Minister

October 26 - 2016 NYALA
Gold mine workers wait to get their raw gold weighed at a shop in El Fasher, North Darfur (File photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters)
Gold mine workers wait to get their raw gold weighed at a shop in El Fasher, North Darfur (File photo: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters)

Sudan’s Geological Research Corporation has announced that there are substantial deposits of minerals in West and South Darfur.

Speaking during a meeting with the Governors of West and South Darfur, Sudan’s Minister of Mines, Ahmed El Karuri said that the Corporation has confirmed that West Darfur State is a repository of precious minerals, metals, aluminium, gold, iron, copper and marble.

“The metal area has been divided into nine squares of gold and iron and three squares of uranium.”

The Minister says that the Corporation has also confirmed the presence of large quantities of gold, iron, copper, zinc, uranium and aluminium in South Darfur.

Positive evidence

Earlier this month, Minister El Karuri announced his intention to despatch a team to perform further research following ‘positive evidence of gold, building stones and precious stones in East Darfur’.

He explained at the time that the intention was to kick-off in a business promotion for metals and minerals found there, for the purpose of attracting investors by mid-October.

Gold mining has long been established in Jebel ‘Amer in North Darfur, where control and working of the lucrative mines have been the source of tribal and political tension.


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