The round includes 20 exploration licences and four prospecting licences. It covers a range of mineral and metal prospects including gold, diamond, copper, lead and zinc.
The tender process was launched on 2 December by state mining company Agence Nationale du Patrimoine Minier at the country’s first international mining conference in Algiers.
The deadline for the submission of technical bids for exploration prospects is 25 May 2008, with prices due to be opened on 24 June. Prospecting bids will be opened on 4 May.
A data room for bidders was opened on 2 December and will be available until 30 April 2008.

Mining licences on offer

No

Site

Substance

Region

Area (hectares)

Activity

1

Guerioun

Beryl

Tamanrasset

1,800

Prospecting

2

Nord Tirek

Gold

Tamanrasset

71,955

Prospecting

3

Ihedene – Adjedjedou

Iron

Illizi

44,925

Prospecting

4

Ihouhaouene

Rare earth

Tamanrasset

33,360

Prospecting

5

Djebel Aberraz

Diamond

Adrar

25,550

Exploration

6

Bled el Mass

Diamond

Adrar

52,475

Exploration

7

Ain Nouissy 1

Salt

Mostaganem

192

Exploration

8

Ain Nouissy 2

Salt

Mostaganem

187

Exploration

9

Arbal

Salt

Ain Temouchent

340

Exploration

10

Ain Bougdah

Zinc-Lead

Batna

9,620

Exploration

11

Djebel Ichmoul

Lead-Barytine

Batna

349

Exploration

12

Mesloula

Lead

Tebessa

5,727

Exploration

13

Kef Oum Teboul

Copper-Zinc-Lead

El Tarf

2,452

Exploration

14

Hammimet

Fluorine

Tebessa

720

Exploration

15

Ait Oklan

Fluorine

Tamanrasset

48,300

Exploration

16

Tin Amzi-el Karroussa

Tin-Wolfram

Tamanrasset

5,600

Exploration

17

Bachir

Wolfram

Tamanrasset

4,550

Exploration

18

Nahda

Wolfram

Tamanrasset

6,750

Exploration

19

Ebilikane

Rare earth

Tamanrasset

1,575

Exploration

20

Tin Zakri

Gold

Illizi

47,730

Exploration

21

Tifraouine

Copper-Gold

Ain Temouchent

3,520

Exploration

22

Tan Chaffao

Copper-Gold

Tamanrasset

20,000

Exploration

23

Damrane

Copper

Bechar

58,120

Exploration

24

Rahmani

Copper

Bechar

61,880

Exploration