Turkey starts aerial mine exploration abroad
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
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.