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Expert Committee to conduct research on Seruwawila mineral deposits

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said that an Expert Committee has been appointed to carry out extensive scientific research on the Seruwawila gold, copper and iron ore deposits.

He was addressing a media briefing at the Ministry of Environment yesterday (21). This mineral deposit was explored in the 1970s with the technology available at that time and it was found that there was iron, copper and some amounts of gold in the Seruwawila deposit.

“However, as the present day excavation technology is very advanced, it is possible to dig up to 250-300 metres deep d and we hope that more information can be revealed regarding the mineral resources that have been discovered in this deposit,” the Minister said.

The Committee chaired by an Additional Secretary to the Ministry will comprise Prof. Athula Senaratne of the University of Peradeniya, H.W. Navaratne, Dr. Stalin Fernando, Dr. Bernard Perera, Dr. C.H.K.R. Siriwardena and Dr. O. K. Dissanayake. These experts are to be appointed to the Expert Committee by the Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe.

The Minister also said that all possible steps will be taken to make the most of our country’s natural mineral resources so that raw materials can be produced locally as value-added products at a higher price than those currently exported to foreign countries at lower prices.