- Iron ore has reportedly been discovered in the Northern Region
- It is estimated to be about more than 1.7 billion tonnes
More than 1.7 billion tonnes of iron ore has been reportedly discovered in an ongoing exploration exercise at Sheini in the Tatale/Sanguli District of the Northern region.
The volume of the mineral deposit was estimated to increase by the end of the exercise.
The majority leader in Parliament and minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who made this known in Accra on May 15, 2019, said the volume of the mineral deposit was estimated to hit three billion by the end of the exercise.
“Growing up, we all knew about the Oppong Manso iron mine in the Western Region, which is about 360 million tonnes, and also some 60-million tonne deposits in the Upper West Region, but the iron ore that has been discovered at Sheini is the biggest in the country.
The volumes of deposit that have been discovered are based on the area that has already been assessed, but the rock formation in the area of the discovery extends to Togo,” he said.
According to Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the discovery of the iron ore in commercial volumes was a major boost to the iron and steel industry.
He said the Ghana Iron and Steel Development Corporation Bill that was passed by Parliament recently was awaiting presidential assent for work on the corporation to start.
The visualised map, which was designed by a development consultant, Professor Kwame Addo, presented details of all the natural resources and the specific areas in the country where they are located.
It also contains details about communication, road and rail infrastructure and possible areas where development infrastructure could be sited.
Kyei Mensah-Bonsu said the map would help in the country’s development planning, adding that the Ministry of Planning, would collaborate with Prof. Addo for further development of the visualised maps.
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