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Minerals Map of Northern Ireland

Environment Minister Alex Attwood and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster launched a Minerals Resources Map of Northern Ireland. on 24 May 2012.
The map will provide planners, industry and local communities with a powerful tool to assist future decisions on a county-by-county basis in relation to the continued supply of minerals and in the protection of the environment.

In essence, local industry will be able to use local minerals more effectively. Salt to keep roads clear in winter, aggregates and other robust materials to support the local construction industry, mineral supplements for the animal feeds industry as well as base metals to sustain local manufacturing industry will all be more accessible.

The Minerals Resources Map of Northern Ireland comprises six sheets, one for each county.

3. The work was funded by DOE Planning and undertaken by the British Geological Survey, Minerals UK, and the Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development. and will be available on the following link

4. The Mineral Resources Map provides a key resource of information to inform robust development plans and provide increased certainty for the minerals industry with regards to the location, extent and nature of the minerals resource in Northern Ireland. This will aid accurate and faster processing of planning applications.

5. The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland is part of DETI and provides national geoscience information and impartial advice to Government, industry and the public.

6. The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the nation's principal supplier of impartial and up-to-date geological expertise and information for decision making, and serves governmental, commercial and public clients. The BGS undertakes research in strategic areas including energy, natural resources and vulnerability to climate change, with scientific communities in the UK, Europe and world-wide. The BGS is a component body of the Natural Environment Research Council. More about the BGS can be found at
Enquiries regarding Minerals Mapping please contact the Minerals team

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