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3D mineral survey by GSP in Sindh and Balochistan

Faryal Nadeem Mar 05, 2017
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The Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) have launched Rs. 663 million for the 3D mineral survey. The Balochistan and major areas of Sindh will get a survey to assess metallic mineral reserves of gold, copper, iron, molybdenum and silver. The project is scheduled and will start on July 1, 2017. The completion time is four years. The survey will be held in Public Sector Development Programme 2017-2018. It has been approved by National Assembly Standing Committee and Petroleum and Natural Resources.

The project survey is carried with two perspective sites including Mashkichah in district Chaghi of Balochistan and Moti Jo Wandio in the district of Tharparkar of Sindh province. This will help to evaluate the potential of economic mineral resources. Project areas will fall in the Chaghi MagmaticArc and the Pre-Cambrian Shield Rock. These areas have a high potential of non-metallic and metallic minerals. According to the sources, GSP demands Rs. 271.684 million fund allocation to initiate the extensive 3D mineral exploration programmer for the necessary investigations consisting of geophysical and geological chemical analysis on XRF, EPMA, XRD, SEM and ICPMS at the Geoscience Advance Research Laboratory.

This project will assist to develop a reliable database which will utilize the geophysical or geological techno-economic aspects and interpretation in many areas. The mining activities will result in utilization of hidden natural and economic resources.

It is believed that publication of the 3D models and various reports will develop mineral potential and will attract foreign direct investment in the mineral sector. This will boost and share the overall GDP of the country.