Office Béninois des Recherches Géologiques et Minières (OBRGM)
Ministère des Recherches Pétrolières et Minières (MRPM)
01 B.P. 249, Cotonou
Fax: +229-21314120 

Benin Mining Code  

CIA Factbook
Political rights and civil liberties (Freedom House)
French-English online dictionary
Travel and accommodation

The contribution of mining to total exports in 2010 amounted to 11.0%

Benin Mining News

Source: CIA Factbook


The geology of Benin is composed of two sub-parallel domains – an extensive northern region comprising Proterozoic age crystalline rocks of the Dahomeyide Orogen divided into a series of NNE trending belts and a southern region of late Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks ranging from Cretaceous to Recent in age. Alluvial sediments of Neogene age cover the northeastern part of the country along the border with Niger.
Minerals do not play a significant role in Benin’s economy. Gold has been produced in small quantities by artisanal miners. The country also produces some industrial/construction materials and modest amounts of salt for which, amongst African countries, it is ranked equal 20th with Guinea. Benin is known to have relatively small undeveloped reserves of mineral-fossil fuels. At the beginning of 2009 proven reserves of crude petroleum and natural gas stood at 1.09 Mt and 1.133 billion m3 respectively.
Maps and images

Gold Home

The government wished to see a gold industry developed around the Atacora province. In 1997, it issued 12 permits for gold exploration.

Oil and Natural Gas

  • Oil proved reserves: 4.105 million bbl (1 January 2002)
  • Natural gas proved reserves: 1.133 billion cu m (1 January 2005 est.)

Economic geology of energy sources

Economic geology of nonmetal deposits

Economic geology of ore deposits

Economic geology, general

Economic geology, general, deposits

Economic geology, general, economics

Economic geology, geology of energy sources

Economic geology, geology of ore deposits