The relationship between Angola and Portugal will be seen in the coming months, with a new set of activities in the areas of geological resources and energy, on 18 April 2019, in Marrakech, Morocco, the Director of Institutional Relations of the Directorate General of Energy and Geology of Portugal.
Isabel Soares, in an interview with Catoca’s internal channel at the 1st edition of the International Mining Fair (MARRAKECH MINING CONVENTION 2019), said that the two countries are currently working to outline a new cooperation strategy including the CPLP countries streamline policies and measures that make exploration of geological resources sustainable by 2026.
Data from the URMG’s Geophysical and Mineral Resources Unit indicate that Portugal has collaborated in the geological map of Angola in Scale-1 / 50,000 geological mapping since 1980. In 2014, cooperation levels reached their peak with the implementation of the Plan (PLANAGEO), concretely in the southern zone of Angola, where it is anticipated the beginning of the cartography 1/100 thousand and the “non” metallic resources.
With more than 200 deactivated mines presenting the most varied environmental hazards, from radioactive ores, acid waters, metal poles, according to Edgar Carvalho, environmentalist, Portugal had to seek methods and find solutions to mitigate the risks resulting from the mining action . “Today Portugal has the capacity to give sustainability in the recovery based on the elaboration of projects, definitions of functions, follow-up after mining works of forms to ensure that the abandoned mines that were active become passive.
Finally, the environmentalist showed availability of the Lusophone country to offer the Mining Society of Catoca, similar services of ways to start work on the future deactivation of the Catoca mine, end of life.