Saudi Geological Survey Launches Results of Geological Survey Projects at the Third International Future Mining Forum


The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) unveiled the findings of its general geological survey projects during the third International Future Mining Forum, in the presence of several esteemed ministers.

Engineer Abdullah Al-Shamrani, the CEO of the Saudi Geological Survey, confirmed that the SGS released the results of various initiatives under the General Geological Survey Program agenda during the Future Mining Forum. The announcement included data packages for airborne geophysical surveys, including magnetic and radiometric surveys, covering 73 squares at a scale of 1: 100,000 in the central and southern parts of the Arabian Shield. These surveys, along with the airborne radiometric and magnetic surveys, covered approximately 30% of the total area of the Arabian Shield, with a coverage area reaching nearly 180,000 square kilometers.

Furthermore, it was revealed that data packages for geochemical surveys covered 40% of the total area of the Arabian Shield, equivalent to approximately 218,000 square kilometers. This geochemical data consisted of 35,575 surface sedimentary samples distributed across 20 geological squares at a scale of 1: 250,000 in the central and eastern regions of the Arabian Shield. Additionally, over 3.7 million digital inputs were provided to describe the surface samples and analyze their chemical content, covering 76 elements.

Engineer Abdullah Al-Shamrani emphasized that the objective of these significant geological projects, available on the National Geological Database (NGD) platform, is to maximize the value-added benefits for the mining sector. This is achieved by increasing the availability of reliable and high-quality geological survey data to support mineral exploration, and attract domestic and foreign investments in the mining sector of the Arabian Shield. These efforts will contribute to stimulating the economy, diversifying revenues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and obtaining diverse and high-quality geological data that can be utilized for several decades.