In a press release sent to Lusa agency, the company
explained that “sampling will be carried out in the concession area, and operations
will take place simultaneously with the carrying out of the Environmental
Impact Study (EIA)”.
“As of October, specialised technicians will be on the
ground, coordinated by Neomina, to carry out surveys and prepare other
These activities “are duly authorised by the General
Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG)” and “complement the prospecting work
carried out from 2011 to 2016”.
Neomina also noted that “equally important in this process
is to ensure public participation and consultation of all interested parties,
favouring dialogue and consensus”.
In addition, the copmany stressed that exploration in
Argemela should focus “on the extraction of tin and lithium” and recalled that
these are “basic ores for telecommunications (5G), but also for the energy transition,
being essential for the development of a more sustainable economy, based on the
use of renewable energies (energy storage, for example) as opposed to fossil
“The development of this and other projects for the
extraction of tin and lithium are of the highest strategic importance for the
country, allowing Portugal to become a European reference in the extraction of
these ores, currently dominated by China and Australia”.
The process for the mining concession for an exploration of
lithium and other minerals in Serra da Argemela, in the municipalities of
Covilhã and Fundão, began in 2011.