The “Industry” carried out 471 inspection rounds on mining sites within a month


The Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, represented by the Mining Supervision Agency, carried out 471 field tours on a number of mining sites in various regions of the Kingdom during the month of December 2021 AD, and issued 55 penalties for facilities violating the mining investment system.

The ministry explained that the issued penalties are (40) penalties for exploiting sand and gravel, (6) penalties for exploiting gravel ore, (5) penalties for exploiting rubble materials, and two penalties for exploiting pozzolan ore, while one penalty was issued for exploiting limestone and silica sand.

The ministry indicated that violators who work without regular licenses constitute the largest percentage of the number of penalties issued, stressing that it seeks to continue implementing the supervisory rounds; To ensure the follow-up of mining activities and to ensure the protection of the sector from irregular practices, the preservation of mineral wealth to achieve optimal exploitation and the protection of neighboring communities, in addition to the implementation of the mining investment system regulation in order to achieve the sustainability of the sector.

She pointed out that violators in the Makkah region constitute the largest proportion of the total penalties issued with about 16 penalties, followed by the Riyadh region with 10 penalties, then the Madinah region with 8 penalties, and the Eastern Province with 7 penalties.

This comes within the framework of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources’ keenness to protect the mining sector and achieve its main objectives of maximizing the value achieved from the Kingdom’s natural mineral resources, through optimal exploitation of mineral wealth, in order to achieve the sector’s attractiveness for investment, and transform it to be the third pillar of the national industry in accordance with the objectives of the Vision The Kingdom 2030, in addition to contributing to the diversification of national income sources and the development of non-oil revenues.

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