Australian firm begins mining in Kwale
04 December 2013, 14:16
Nairobi - Base Resources Limited, the Australian-based firm,
announced the commencement of concentrate processing and first production of
ilmenite and rutile at its Kwale Project.
Production has commenced through the mineral separation
Following the commissioning of the wet concentrator in
early October, the first heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) has now been taken
through the ilmenite and rutile circuits of the MSP, the company said.
Over the next several weeks processing rates are planned
to be ramped up and inventories of rutile and ilmenite built up ahead of the
commencement of bulk shipments in January.
A small containerised shipment is scheduled in December.
Construction work on the zircon circuit of the MSP is now
in its final stages with commissioning expected during January.
The majority of the supporting infrastructure is now
complete, with access road, 132kv power supply, tailings storage facility and
Mukurumudzi Dam now functionally complete.
Subsequently, the Likoni marine facility is scheduled for
completion in early December, well ahead of the first bulk shipment.
– CAJ News