Muscat: Seven companies have been ordered to pay a total of about OMR3 million for illegally mining minerals in the Sultanate, according to the Public Authority for Mining.
“The total amount of violations registered by the Public Authority for Mining amounted to OMR1.5 million,” the agency said. They have been given the companies 60 days for settlement, it added.
The seven firms have been referred to Public Prosecution. “Seven companies have been referred to the Public Prosecution to initiate a public suit against them for infringement of public funds and the mining of minerals without a licence.
The financial claims of these violations amount to approximately OMR3 million,” the authority said.
This resulted in the recovery of OMR184,000 from the settlement of one of these violations, and the rest is still under investigation by the authorities.
The Authority has called upon all companies operating in the field of mining to adhere to the work within licensed sites, submit sales reports and pay the amounts due to the state in order to avoid suspension or cancellation of licences.