Oman Observer reported that Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Minerals Development Oman, an affiliate of Oman Investment Authority, has signed a total of 12 exploration-to-mining concession agreements in the largest such mining-related concession awards. The total size of the concession areas included in the agreements is around 21,480 square kilometres. They include a number of potential minerals, mainly strategic minerals such as Copper, Gold and Chromium.The agreements cover eight sites mostly located in Al Batinah North and South, Al Dhahirah, Al Buraimi, Al Dakhiliyah and Al Sharqiyah North and South. All are exploration-to-mining concession areas. One site located in the Wilayat of YanquI with an area size of 20 square kilometres is a copper concession area that reached an advanced exploration phase to be ready for mining.