Ministry officials say two firms, New Kush and Consolidated Mineral and Energy Resources Investment Co (CMERIC), are exploring actively on their grandfather licenses.
However, Equator Gold, a British company working on the CMERIC license, says it will still take several years to actually produce anything.
“I think there’s going to be a big rush to get land, but exploration takes a long time,” CMERIC chief operations officer Emma Parker said. “The progress has been slow, but the geology is interesting. There’s big potential.”