Mining in Portugal

Mining in Portugal is regulated by the Portuguese Ministry of Economy and the Geology and Energy Resources authority under the state-run research institute INETI. Mining activities has continued since the pre-Roman era, when most of the region was known as Lusitania. Gold was once mined. The country remains among the largest European producers of copper and minerals.

Tin, tungsten and uranium are some of its other mineral resources. However, the country lacks hydrocarbon exploration potential, as well as iron, aluminium or coal. An iron ore mine (Mua Mine) in Torre de Moncorvo, opened in 2012, a major milestone.[1] The most prominent mines in the country are Neves-Corvo, Panasqueira and Mua.


  1. MTI, Iron ore mining at the Mua Mine in Torre de Moncorvo, northern Portugal.
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