•The Minerals Development Programme: –
•To increase mineral exploitation and value addition in selected resources for quality and gainful jobs in industrialization;
•Expected to result in:
•Reduced volume & value of imported iron and steel and organic fertilizers;
•Increased volume & value of refined gold and copper exports;
•Increased investment in exploration & processing of selected minerals.
POTENTIAL OF GREEN ENERGY
MINERALS IN UGANDA
1.Cobalt/Copper in Kilembe, Kasese District
2.Graphite in Orom in Kitgum; – needed for production of carbon cathode rod for lithium batteries;
3.Lithium occurrences in the pegmatites of South Western, Central and in North Eastern Uganda;
4.Lead in Kampono and Kitaka, Kamwenge
5.Nickel potential in North, West Nile and Kafunzo in South Western Uganda
6.Magnese in Kyenjojo District, Western Uganda
7.REEs (used in rechargeable batteries) in Makuutu in Eastern Uganda and Bukusu in Eastern Uganda.
8.3Ts (Tin, Tantalite and Tungsten) in Ntungamo, Rubanda and Kisoro districts*
KEY GOVERNMENT STRATEGIES
•Establishment of mineral reserves and Exploration for minerals for green energy as well as associated minerals such as iron ore and 3TS , which are key drivers to infrastructure and technology development that supports green energy.
•Promoting linkages with industries and Creating markets for the value added products (e.g. Kayoola bus);
•Key infrastructure for mineral value addition (Electricity, Water and Roads) through Programme based approach to connect mineral rich centres to key infrastructure.
•Maintain a functional mineral analysis and beneficiation laboratories;
•Complete the aerials surveys of Karamoja region (100% of gravity completed and 97% complete of magnetic/Radiometric)/ to discover more potential. Discoveries such as Makuutu Rare Earth Project was a result of radiometric anomaly.
•Implement mineral certification to eliminate illegal mineral trade & conflict ;
•Appraise geothermal prospects for production ( drilling ongoing ).
•Complete the mining and minerals legislation (Act and Regulations) to address key emerging issues of the sector ;
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