Mineral Exploration is one of the main activities of the department since its establishment where various minerals are discovered and investigated. The important minerals of the state for which the department has been carrying out exploration activities for resource and reserve estimation are given below as:
- Nickel-cobalt-chromium bearing Magnetite
- Building Materials including dimension/decorative stones, clay etc.
- Platinum Group of Element (PGE) and Gold (Au)
- Other base metals, noble metals, chromites
The exploration of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Nagaland had been carried out by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd. Subsequently, ONGC undertook exploitation activities at Changpang Oilfield for a decade from 1981 to 1994; however operation had been suspended since then. Later, another private Canadian company Canaro had also carried out some seismic survey work. The Petroleum &Natural Gas Board, Nagaland administers the overall activities related to P & NG in the state where the department gives logistic support and monitors the exploration and exploitation activities of P&NG in the state for the welfare of the public.
Mineral Exploration – Coal
Mineral Exploration – Limestone
Mineral Exploration – Magnetite