Under the Mineral Development Act (NI) 1969, minerals (other than gold and silver, and a few other minor exceptions) are vested with the Department for the Economy, (DfE). Responsibility for gold and silver rests with the Crown Estate Commissioners, (CEC). Companies wishing to prospect for base metals should apply to the Department for the Economy, (DfE), and those wishing to prospect for gold and silver should apply to the Crown Estate Commissioners, (CEC).

Minerals prospecting licensing documentation and guidance

Mineral Prospecting Licences

(dark blue on map) (Licence number indicates year of issue)

These digital maps can be viewed online at OpenData NI website:

Licence no

Licence Holder

Start date

End date

MCT 1/16 Mountcastle Trust 01/10/2016 30/09/2022
OM4/19 Flintridge Resources Ltd 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
DG3/19 Dalradian Gold Ltd 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
DG4/19 Dalradian Gold Ltd 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
C1/19 Conroy Gold and Natural Resources Plc 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
C3/19 Conroy Gold and Natural Resources Plc 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
KDR1/19 Karelian Diamond Resources Plc 08/05/2019 07/05/2025
DG 1/22 Dalradian Gold Ltd 01/02/2022 31/01/2028
DG 2/22 Dalradian Gold Ltd 01/02/2022 31/01/2028
DG 5/22 Dalradian Gold Ltd 01/06/2022 31/05/2028
DG 6/22 Dalradian Gold Ltd 01/06/2022 31/05/2028

Mineral Prospecting Applications

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Licence no

Applicant

Application received date

Current status

MCTA1/22 (formerly MCT1/16) Mount Castle Trust 14/12/2001 Under consideration
OMA1/22 ( formerly OM1/16) Flintridge Resources Ltd 22/12/2021 Under consideration
KDRA2/22 Karelian Diamond Resources Plc 17/01/2022 Under consideration
KDRA3/22 Karelian Diamond Resources Plc 17/01/2022 Under consideration

Mining Licences

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Licence no Licence Holder Start date End date

ISME 1,2,4,5,6

Irish Salt Mining and Exploration Company Ltd

8/3/21

7/3/31

 

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