Over the past three years, the Geological Survey has focused on developing and implementing the initiative of the General Program for Regional Geological Survey, a multi-disciplinary initiative, by launching the first phase of its projects on an area of more than 600 thousand square kilometers, covering all the area of the geological area known as the “area” The Arabian Shield ».Within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its implementation programs, a clear goal has been set for the mining sector, which is to grow its contribution to the GDP from about 64 billion riyals annually to about 281 billion riyals by 2035, and in this context the value of untapped minerals alone was estimated at about 5 trillion riyals. , Bearing in mind that more mineral resources may be discovered.
This initiative aims to achieve better knowledge of the mineral formations in that region, while the regional geological survey initiative, which costs two billion riyals, is a fundamental pillar of the economic growth plans embodied in the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, which aims to transform the mining sector to become the third pillar of the industry. In the Kingdom through an accelerated growth program.
To achieve this vision, 13 implementation programs have been carefully formulated, the most important of which are: The National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, which focuses on building the Kingdom’s industrial capabilities, while striving to make it a global leading logistics platform, in 4 main sectors: Industry, mining, energy, and logistics.
The National Industrial Development and Logistics Program covers all stages of the mining sector value chain, including the regional geological survey program, and its objectives of exploration and information gathering.
The projects of this program are represented in atmospheric geophysical surveys, accurate geochemical surveys, and the production of detailed geological maps for the Arab Shield region, while the realization of new scientific discoveries, the exploration of areas that have not been previously surveyed, and the disclosure of the mineral wealth in which the Kingdom is abundant were essential elements in the exciting experience. Which is contested by everyone who works as a geologist in the Saudi Geological Survey.
In a conversation about the regional geological survey program, Dr. Wadih Qashqari, the program’s leader, said: “The essence of the reinforcing role of the mining sector that the program is playing lies in the concept of discovery. The three-axis method, which consists of aerial geophysical surveys, geochemical surveys, and the production of geological maps, will appoint experts The Saudi Geological Survey is based on building a framework of data sets that will not only be beneficial to the Kingdom’s economy, but will also provide invaluable information and analysis on the geological nature of the Kingdom.
He added, “The aim of the atmospheric geophysical surveys is to obtain consecutive geophysical data of the Earth’s interior from an atmospheric perspective, using digital techniques to measure magnetic, radiative, electromagnetic and gravitational fields,” indicating that the main purpose of the magnetic survey is to determine the tectonic and rocky nature of the Arab Shield region, which makes Producing more accurate geological maps and determining mineralization zones in the Arabian Shield.
As for the geochemical surveys, Dr. Qashqari explained that they are based on collecting surface samples from wadi sediments and heavy metal concentrations from the area of the Arab Shield to conduct chemical analyzes on them. Mining field.
“It is exciting and proud to feel that we are ahead of our competitors in this sector. We at the Saudi Geological Survey Authority work with experts from all over the world, and we adopt new technologies, knowledge and science, and we have a sure desire and strong incentives to accomplish this mission,” Qashqary added.
It is reported that the intensity of sample collection, in this huge area, reaches a sample per 6.25 square kilometers. 110,000 samples will be collected, as well as the analysis of more than 70 chemical elements for each sample.