The Ministry of Mines and Energy has called on local and international companies to apply for licences to study and explore gold mining in four provinces believed to be rich in gold.
According to a statement signed on November 9 by Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem, local and international companies should apply for licences to study and explore gold mining in four provinces.
It said that the four areas include 49.25 kilometres in Stung Treng province’s Thalaborivath district and another 32 kilometres in Thalaborivath district, 41.58 kilometres in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district and 93.94 kilometres straddling between Kratie province’s Sambour district and Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district.
The statement said that companies can receive application forms from the ministry until January 30, 2020.
Ean Meak, director of Battambang provincial Mines and Energy department, said two areas in Samlot and Phnom Proek districts are being studied and explored for gold.
“But now the government found and opened another new area for mine exploration,” Mr Meak said. “It is a gold mine.”
Mr Meak said that if the exploration is successful, gold mining could be a boon.
Pen Lynat, deputy Kratie provincial governor and Provincial Hall spokesman, said that some foreign companies have explored gold mines in the province.
“I do not have documents in my hand, so I don’t know how many areas are being studied for mining,” Mr Lynat said. “Gold mining provides a lot of benefit to Cambodians when the exploration proves there is gold.”