Oil giant Saudi Arabia has completed surveying of more than 40 percent of the Kingdom’s area as part of an extensive geological survey for minerals, a senior Saudi official was reported on Wednesday as saying.

Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Deputy Industry and Mineral Resources Minister, said results would be published in a national mineral database by the Ministry.

Mudaifer told the Saudi daily Okaz ahead of the January 10-12 Future Minerals Forum in the capital Riyadh that the Ministry’s Geological Surveying Authority is conducting the survey in various parts of the oil-rich country.

In May 2023, Zawya Projects reported that Saudi Geological Survey, in partnership with the Chinese Geological Survey, launched a $207 million geological mapping project for the Arabian Shield area.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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