Tur­key starts aerial mine ex­plo­ration abroad

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS - MEHMET KARA

Tur­key wants to carry its ex­pe­ri­ence in en­ergy and min­ing abroad in or­der to re­duce de­pen­dence on for­eign en­ergy in ac­cor­dance with its Na­tional En­ergy and Min­eral Pol­icy. It is start­ing to take ac­tion in coun­tries where ex­plo­ration li­censes have been re­ceived al­ready. The Min­istry of En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Resources, which pushed the but­ton for cross-bor­der min­ing op­er­a­tions, will be­gin tak­ing aerial x-rays in the re­gions where li­censes have been granted in Uzbek­istan and Su­dan. The Gen­eral Direc­torate of Min­eral Re­search and Ex­plo­ration (MTA) will im­me­di­ately start its op­er­a­tions in Uzbek­istan, while the field in Su­dan will be ex­ami

ned in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber.

At the di­rec­tion of En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Resources Min­is­ter, Fatih Don­mez, Tur­key re­cently founded com­pa­nies in these coun­tries and se­cured min­ing rights. Geo­phys­i­cal stud­ies will be car­ried out in these coun­tries to de­ter­mine ar­eas where min­eral re­serves are con­cen­trated. The first of these stud­ies was launched in Uzbek­istan.

An MTA team has vis­ited Uzbek­istan and took mea­sure­ments in Au­gust af­ter cal­i­bra­tion ad­just­ments were made. The planes will con­clude the screen­ing within ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 kilo­me­ters of flights at three li­censed sites. The work is planned to be com­pleted within 30 days de­pend­ing on the tech­ni­cal con­di­tions and weather

con­di­tions.

Su­dan will be next

Aerial geo­phys­i­cal stud­ies to be car­ried out in Su­dan, an­other area of MTA, will be car­ried out in Novem­ber-De­cem­ber due to sea­sonal con­di­tions. The two li­cense ar­eas owned by MTA are ex­pected to be scanned over a pe­riod one month with flights to­tal­ing ap­prox­i­mately 15,000 kilo­me­ters. The goal of both the Uzbek­istan and Su­dan pro­jects is to gain ex­pe­ri­ence abroad to at­tract more coun­tries in need of min­eral ex­plo­ration.

Tur­key among the top eight in the aerial geo­physics

Aerial geo­phys­i­cal stud­ies, are one of the fastest meth­ods for iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial min­ing ar­eas. Do­ing the geo­phys­i­cal work air air is said to be 100 times faster and 29 times cheaper than other meth­ods. Tur­key is among 8 coun­tries that can carry out the whole process alone, from col­lec­tion of data from the flight to pro­cess­ing.

Aerial geo­phys­i­cal stud­ies will al­low the ge­o­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of the re­gions to be seen more clearly, and to take x-rays of the re­gion to de­ter­mine the ar­eas where min­eral re­serves are con­cen­trated and to nar­row the ar­eas for ex­plo­ration. With maps and other in­for­ma­tion to be pre­pared in line with the data to be ob­tained dur­ing aerial sur­veys, search and drilling can be done in a pin­point op­er­a­tion.

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