Nubian Mining Company has been awarded an exploration license for Um Rus block following its participation in the international Bid-Round 1/2020 led by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources and Egyptian Mineral Resource Authority (“EMRA”), for the exploration of gold and associated minerals in the highly prospective Eastern Desert region of the country.
Um Rus is located in the Central Eastern Desert. The block is approximately 12.5 km by 13.8 km and has an area of 172.5 km2. The center of the block is 52 km northwest of Marsa Alam, and 13 km south of Marsa Alam airport. The project is situated along the Red Sea coastline; the block is entirely within 20 km of the coast.
In the north of the block is the historic underground Um Rus Gold Mine located within the Um Rus Granitoid Pluton. The mine was last active in the early 1900s and underground exploration was carried out by EGSMA in the 1930s.