SMM News: at the on-site exchange meeting of manganese ore prospecting results in Hunan, Guizhou and Chongqing held in Jishou City, Hunan Province from 23 to 24 April, it was learned that, according to preliminary statistics, since the implementation of the prospecting breakthrough strategy, the country's manganese ore reserves have increased by more than 1.1 billion tons. 76% of the overall goal has been achieved.
It is understood that since the start of the prospecting breakthrough strategy in 2011, overall progress has been good, a number of new mineral reserves, including manganese exploration has been strengthened. From 2011 to 2018, the national manganese mine exploration invested about 2.4 billion yuan, manganese mine drilling workload of about 1.28 million meters, made a major breakthrough in Guizhou and other places. According to preliminary statistics, by the end of 2018, the country's manganese mines had increased by more than 1.1 billion tons, of which the largest increase was in 2017, with 282 million tons of new exploration reserves.
Experts at the seminar pointed out that in recent years, the supply and demand situation of manganese ore resources in China has been grim, and the import volume of manganese ore has been increasing, with 6.64 million tons in 2007, 21 million tons in 2017, and 27.63 million tons in 2018, with a degree of external dependence of more than 60 percent. It is necessary for natural resources management departments and geologists to give full play to the basic role of resource security. China has great potential for manganese ore resources. It is necessary to strengthen scientific and technological innovation, comprehensive overall planning, basic work and comprehensive research, so as to do more work for the guarantee of manganese ore resources.
In order to ensure the completion of the goal of manganese ore exploration, the Geological Exploration and Management Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources requested at the seminar that the next step should be to promote the work of manganese ore exploration. First, it is necessary to speed up the evaluation and filing of existing manganese ore exploration results. To prepare for the overall evaluation of the strategic action of prospecting breakthrough; Second, it is necessary to speed up the drive of innovation and give full play to the supporting role of science and technology; third, it is necessary to innovate the exploration mechanism and plan a new round of manganese ore exploration.