Dinamige aims to improve access to mining info

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Uruguay's national mining and geology department Dinamige is working to create more transparency in the awarding of mining titles in a move to strengthen the image of the entity, Dinamige head Luis Ferrai told BNamericas.

"We are working on a plan to improve management as part of a digital project the government is promoting and the idea is to provide easier access to permits and information over the internet," Ferrari said.

He explained that "one of Uruguay's problems is that it has very little basic information and even that small amount is not available."

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The entity is also focused on signing an agreement with Spain's geology survey to improve geological information. "We think that is key to promoting an activity that is not traditional in Uruguay nor familiar," he said.

Dinamige is currently looking at auctioning areas for uranium exploration since several companies have shown interest in the activity.

The agency also plans to sell off the Valencia dolomite mine in southeastern Lavalleja department and is taking steps to reactivate black granite mines in the towns of San José and Colonia in the same region.

In 2006, granite exports - especially black granite - brought in earnings of US$2mn, according to Dinamige figures.