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About Geology

The Geological Department is the institution established to conduct geological investigations, mineral resource surveys and assessment and the administration of Mining/Quarrying and Minerals Legislation in the country.

The Geological Department of the Ministry of Petroleum is the institution which holds a supervisory mandate over geological investigations, mineral resource research and assessment and the administration of Mining, Quarrying and Minerals’ Legislation in the Gambia.

The Geological Department, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy recognizes the importance of the geosciences in national sustainable development, economic growth, environmental protection and enhancement of the quality of life. The Department endeavours to continuously generate, collect, store and archive relevant geo scientific data, and make data and information accessible to the government, the private sector, and the public at large.

Types of license we issue

  • The Department is responsible for the issuing of exploration /quarrying licence, as well as make recommendations for the issue of mining licences by the Minister responsible for Mineral resources.

  • Licence Dealers in restricted minerals including the precious metals e.g gold, diamond etc. 


Functions

The functions of the Geological Department are as follows:

  • To initiate, promote, coordinate, implement and evaluate all geo-scientific programmes pertaining to mineral exploration and development in the Country.

  • To collect, store and disseminate information relating to the geological and mineral resources in The Gambia.

  • Participate in environmental studies which have reference to geological processes, e.g. coastal erosion, landfill site studies and land reclamation.

  • Identify, monitor and manage all mining and quarrying sites including sand, gravel and other construction materials.

  • Provide information and technical assistance to government institutions, consultants and the general public on matters pertaining to geology, geophysics and hydrogeology. Such information is relevant for major civil engineering projects, land use planning, underground water exploitation, environmental management,health and agricultural projects.

  • To collaborate with the Commissioner of Petroleum Exploration and Production on petroleum exploration and production matters.

Our Mission

The Geological Department, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy recognizes the importance of the geosciences in underpinning national sustainable development, economic growth, environmental protection and enhancement of the quality of life. The Department endeavours to continuously generate, collect, store and archive relevant geoscientific data, and disseminate data and information in a user-friendly way to government, private sector, and the public at large.