Guyana Geology and Mines 2017-01-10T21:32:07+00:00

The Geology and Mines Commission

Mining in Guyana is managed by the Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) under the Mining Act of 1989. The Act allows the GGMC to be the guardian of all minerals in Guyana. Therefore, permission must be received from the GGMC, before any exploration activity can begin. The agency has 5 technical divisions that help to effectively carry out its mandate namely the Mines, Environment, Petroleum and Geological Services Divisions. It also manages 9 mining stations across the 6 mining districts of Guyana and employs skilled and semi-skilled experts to carry out its work.

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New GGMC Chairman, Board charged to address main challenges in Mining Sector

Georgetown, Guyana – (February 12, 2016) Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, today, charged the newly inducted Chairman and Board members of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to tackle the more demanding challenges hindering the Mining Sector and to develop a robust Mining Policy Framework to inform its long-term development. The new Chairman, Mr. Stanley Ming and Board members were installed at their first official meeting for the year, and induction ceremony, in the Conference Room of the National Library. The 15 Board members and five observers, who represent the various stakeholders within the Mining Sector were introduced to the public at the ceremony. Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman (centre, standing), Chairman of the GGMC Board, Mr. Stanley Ming, (fourth from right) Acting Commissioner of GGMC, Mr. Newell Dennison, (first, left) and some of the other Board members at the installation ceremony this morning. [...]

Minister Broomes to take charge of Occupational Health and Safety at Natural Resources Ministry – vows to fight for rights of workers in the mining industry

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 6, 2016) Former Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Ms. Simona Broomes, who has now been appointed Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, will be heading a campaign on Occupational Health and Safety in the mining industry as well as ensuring that mining companies comply with the laws and regulations governing that sector. This is according to Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, who held a press conference earlier this afternoon to formally introduce Minister Broomes to the media and to detail her new portfolio and the new Ministry. Minister Raphael Trotman and Minister Simona Broomes interfacing with the media today. He noted that Cabinet has approved Ms. Broomes’s portfolio to oversee aspects of occupational health and safety and protection of the rights of workers and practitioners within the mining and forestry sectors; to ensure compliance of the practitioners with the [...]

Closed Areas Committee to implement commitments made to small miners

Georgetown, Guyana – (February 2, 2016) Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman inducted the members of the Closed Areas Committee, on Monday, charging them to ensure that lands awarded to small and medium-scale miners by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission are higher yielding lands. Minister Trotman told the Committee to treat as priority the commitment the Government made at the Small Miners Conference, held on January 15, 2016 at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), to have lands identified for allocation to small miners, and to address the backlog of pending applications. Additionally, he said that all processes must be just, equitable, and transparent. The Committee will be chaired by Attorney-at-Law, Mrs. Dela Britton, who also serves on the Public Utilities Commission, and will include Ms. Abiola Henry,  Mrs. Euliene Watson, Technical Officer- Mining, Ministry of Natural Resources; Mr. Clayton Hall, Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Natural Resources and [...]

National Action Plan on minimization of mercury use coming – Minister Trotman announces at extractive industry training

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 28, 2016) The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Natural Resources will soon unveil a National Action Plan aimed at minimizing and, as far as possible, eliminating the use of mercury in mining operations. Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, made this announcement at the Training of Trainers Workshop aimed at supporting Technical Training in Extractive Industries in Guyana, which was held this morning, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC). Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, delivering his feature address. The training is a joint effort among the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Canadian International Resources and Development Institute and the Ministry of Natural Resources. The programme will ensure that miners and officials are trained in international best practices, mines management and while also catering for the alternatives to [...]

Varshnie Singh, Dr. Raquel Thomas, Vanessa Kissoon, Jocelyn Dow appointed to serve on Natural Resources Boards

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 28, 2016) Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, today, inducted Director of Resource Management and Training at the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, former First Lady, Ms. Varshanie Singh, Social activist, Ms. Vanessa Kissoon and businesswoman, Ms. Jocelyn Dow, among others, to serve on the Boards of agencies under his remit. From left: Mr. Calvin Bernard, Chair-Wildlife Scientific Authority; Ms. Jocelyn Down, Chair-Guyana Forestry Commission; Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ms. Simona Broomes; Mr. Marcel Gaskin, Chair-Environmental Assessment Board; Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman; Dr. Allyson Stoll, Chair-Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Phillip DaSilva, Chair-Wildlife Management Authority and Dr. David Singh, Chair-Protected Areas Commission. Ms. Singh and Dr. Thomas-Caesar will serve as members of the Protected Areas Commission, while Ms. Kissoon and Ms. Dow will serve on the Guyana Forestry Commission’s Board as member [...]

ExxonMobil to commence drilling at Liza-2 well soon

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 28, 2016) Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, and a team, today, toured oil giant ExxonMobil's storage yard at the Wieting and Richter Wharf to get a closer look at the company's drilling pipes and other equipment, as it prepares to start drilling its second well here. Minister Trotman was accompanied by Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson on the visit. In 2015, ExxonMobil drilled the Liza-1 well in the Stabroek Block and found a significant amount of hydrocarbons that indicates the presence of oil in commercial quantities. A drilling vessel arrived in Guyana's waters few days ago to commence drilling the Liza-2 well in the same block. Minister Trotman will be visiting the Stabroek Block to tour the vessel in a few weeks. In an invited comment, Minister Trotman said, "we have satisfied ourselves that Guyana [...]