Kwale mining project commences
08 October 2013, 15:49
Kwale - Australian mining firm, Base Resources, announced the commencement of ore processing plant in Kwale.
In a statement, the company said construction work on the mineral separation plant was now in its final stages with commissioning of the ilmenite and rutile circuits and commencement of concentrate processing expected during November.
This will be followed by the zircon circuit in December. While some small container shipments are planned during December, the bulk shipments of finished product are now scheduled to commence in January.
The majority of the supporting infrastructure is now complete, with the access road, 132kv power supply, tailings storage facility and Mukurumudzi dam now functionally complete. The Likoni marine facility is scheduled for completion in November, well ahead of the first bulk shipment.
Over the next several weeks mining and processing rates are planned to be ramped up and a stockpile of concentrate built up ahead of the commissioning of the mineral separation plant.
Base Resources describes the Kwale mining project as an advanced and highly competitive project in a sector with a significant forecast supply shortfall widely expected to emerge in the medium term.
The project enjoys a high level of support from the government as well as the local community.
Located 50km from the Mombasa port, it is well serviced by existing physical infrastructure.
- CAJ News