Signing of a partnership agreement between BRGM and the Mongolian Geological Survey on 12 October 2023. Ulambayar Nyamkhuu, Mongolian ambassador, and Christophe Poinssot, deputy director general of BRGM, signed the agreement in the presence of the two heads of state, Ukhnaa Khutelsukh and Emmanuel Macron.
During the State visit to France by Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khutelsukh from 10 to 13 October 2023, BRGM had the honour of signing a partnership agreement with the Mongolian Geological Survey at the Élysée Palace, in the presence of Ambassador Ulambayar Nyamkhuu and the two Heads of State, Ukhnaa Khutelsukh and Emmanuel Macron.
Enabling Mongolia to better evaluate and exploit its critical metal resources
This agreement is part of the strategy to strengthen ties between the two countries, as demonstrated by two recent state visits, in Mongolia in July and then in France in October, which focused in particular on the issue of critical metals. The aim is to undertake various projects of common interest that will enable Mongolia to better evaluate and exploit its critical metal resources.
An initial satellite-based lithium-prospecting project with the Mongolian Geological Survey and the Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG)
In this context, an initial project for satellite prospecting for lithium in palaeosalars (salt flats) has also been signed with the Mongolian Geological Survey and CGG. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the relevance of using satellite data for detecting potentially worthwhile deposits for mining. The pilot project concerns CGG's work on a basin identified by ERAMET in Mongolia to identify potentially lithium-rich palaeosalars.
This project will be based on a partnership between BRGM, the French Geological Survey, and its counterpart, the Mongolian Geological Survey. The pilot project will consolidate CGG's activity in this sector and could lead to mining development by ERAMET, which would stimulate the French para-mining sector and contribute to France's lithium supply.