Artisanal mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

During the closing months of 2018 IGS delivered national- and regional-scale prospectivity analyses of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the World Bank funded PROMINES project, sub-component: “Assistance Technique dans les Zones d’Exploitation Artisanal.” In a collaborative effort with Johannesburg based MSA Group, IGS’ desktop prospectivity analysis using geological criteria defined by IGS Xplore was supplemented by site visits to three artisanal mining sites in South Kivu and Maniema provinces. The site visits enabled the consortium to provide technical geoscientific and mining engineering input to help develop a coherent, case study-based strategy for the support and expansion of artisanal and small-scale mines in the DRC. The strategy and workflows defined during the project were designed for broad applicability and ease of future implementation by local authorities in the DRC government’s continuing efforts to support artisanal and small scale mining.


IGS completes PROMINES project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

IGS was involved in a series of projects in support of the Ministry of Mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo through the World Bank funded PROMINES project, 2016-2018. Through its staff and associate consultants, IGS provided geoscientific input to two major geothematic mapping projects, namely 1:200,000 scale geological mapping and mineral assessment of 6 x 10 sheets in the Katanga and Equator areas and high resolution airborne geophysical surveys of the same areas, as well a smaller project dealing with the ASM sector. The geological mapping programme was carried out in partnership with BRGM, as lead contractor, and a local company and also involved a complimentary geochemical exploration programme based on stream sediment samples. The high-resolution regional airborne survey was flown by New Resolution Geophysics of South Africa at 400m line spacing, 200m over selected target areas, and 316,800 lkms of MAG-RAD data were acquired which was interpreted by PGW of Toronto. IGS was responsible for the overall management and technical coordination of the project on behalf of the Ministry.

IGS completes five-year association with the Burkina Faso Mines Bureau (BUMIGEB)

IGS has successfully completed a 5 year association (2013-18) with the Bureau des Mines et de la Géologie du Burkina (BUMIGEB) providing geoscientific Technical Assistance under the World Bank supported PADSEM project, 2012-2018. Through its staff and associate consultants, IGS has been responsible for the technical supervision and quality control of a series of regional geothematic mapping surveys. These included multi-sensor (magnetics & radiometrics) high-resolution airborne geophysical surveys over an area of 134,400 km2 covering the eastern half of the country (Blocks A, B & D) flown at 400m line-spacing; a geological/structural mapping and mineral assessment of 13 x 1:200,000 scale sheets; the compilation of a new 1:1,000,000 national map; and regional geochemical sampling of the southwestern sector of the country at a density of 1/10km2. In addition IGS provided technical assistance to BUMIGEB in the development of a geoscience database and web-based portal to facilitate controlled access to the new geodata to promote investment into the mining and mineral sector through exploration.

IGS and the Geological Survey of India

IDPeX (which is a joint-venture partnership between IGS, PGW of Toronto and Datacode Intl. of Nagpur, India) has recently completed tender supervision and quality control (TSQC) of Blocks 1,2 and 4 of the Geological Survey of India’s (GSI) OGP Year 1 multi-sensor airborne geophysical survey programme. This forms part of India’s national high resolution geophysical program of ‘Areas of Obvious Geological Potential’ that covers an area of 813 000 km2. IDPeX presented a review of its Year 1 work at a recent workshop held at GSI, Bangalore.

IDPeX has been working closely with GSI and PIAs (Project Implementation Agencies) throughout the Y1 programme and the results provide a modern high resolution database for use by mineral exploration and other sectors.

IDPEX has also recently signed a contract with GSI for the interpretation of legacy data and consultancy in setting terms of reference for new detailed surveys in areas of specific mineral exploration interest.

IGS wins major project in Mozambique

IGS is pleased to announce the awarding of a new contract in Mozambique. The work, funded by the World Bank, is part of the MAGTAP programme which aims to improve the attractiveness of Mozambique as an exploration destination by improving geological and geophysical data coverage.

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IGS attending PDAC 2018

IGS will be attending PDAC in Toronto from 4-7th March with a stand in the North Convention Centre Building, #6306N. We will also be presenting at the Geosoft stand (#931) on Sunday March 4th as part of a programme titled “Leveraging Open Geoscience to Support Exploration and Discovery”.

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