Egypt awards 11 companies concessions in mining bid round
Mining News Pro - Egypt has awarded 82 exploration blocks to 11 companies in an international bid round for mineral exploration, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Thursday.
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Among the companies awarded concessions were Australia`s Centamin, Canadian companies B2Gold, Barrick Gold, Lotus Gold, Red Sea resources and Britain`s AKH Gold.

Though Egypt has a history of gold-mining stretching back to the pharaohs, it has only one commercial gold mine, Centamin`s Sukari, which contributes up to $900-million a year to its gross domestic product.

The winning companies were awarded only 29% of the blocks on offer in the bid round.

Egypt is targeting $1-billion in investment in the mining sector and has opened up a second bid round for gold and mineral exploration from Thursday to last four months, Molla said.


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