Pointe Noire

stratabound potash-bearing salt in Congo

Geologic information

Location:11.7215, -4.1547
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Site typelease/concession/permit area
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinLower Congo
Basin typemarine rift basin
Geologic unitLoeme Fm
Lower Cretaceous
Minimum:Mesozoic-Cretaceous-Lower Cretaceous-Aptian
Maximum:Mesozoic-Cretaceous-Lower Cretaceous-Aptian
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Geologic map unit11.7215, -4.1547
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Economic information

StatusUnder Development (2010)
CompanyMagMinerals Inc. (2008)
Estimates of reserves or resources
K2O tonnage1) 17.1 meas + 4.3 ind +127 inf; 2) 20.4 prov+prob, 27 infMillion tonnes
Data source1) Rauche and van der Klauw (2008); 2) Mining Review Africa (2009)

Reference information


On Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (2006) website, it appears Kouilou is name for Mg plant, and Pointe Noire is name of deposit.


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Industrial Minerals, 1998, New potash source in development: Industrial Minerals, no. 369, p. 13.
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Industrial Minerals, 2008c, Kouilou potash: Industrial Minerals, no. 489, p. 99.
Kuzvart, M., 1994, Mineral deposits of Africa, in Vanecek, M., ed., Mineral deposits of the world; Ores, industrial minerals, and rocks: New York, Elsevier, Developments in Economic Geology 28, p. 294-329.
Mining Review Africa, 2009, Potash in the Republic of Congo: Mining Review Africa, no. 4, p. 32-36.
Nguelongo, R.-J., 1990, Congo, in Central Africa: Mining Annual Review 1990, p. 127.
Rauche, H., and van der Klauw, S.N.G.C., 2008, Updated reserve and resource estimate for MagMinerals Mengo permit area, Kouilou region, Republic of Congo; Technical Report for MagMinerals: ERCOSPLAN Ingenieurgesellschaft Geotechnik und Bergbau mbH, 140 p. and appendices.
Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (SACPGS), 2006, Mining data bank: Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Web page accessed April 3, 2006, at http://mines.acp.int/html/mine_COG-00024_en.html.