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Base titanium ready to resume Kwale exports

19 December 2013, 22:01

Nairobi - Base Titanium, the mineral sand processor, will make its first export of minerals from Kwale before the end of the month.

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian-listed resources company, Base Resources Limited, has completed the construction of its processing plant in Kwale where it processes three main mineral sands
namely rutile, ilmenite and zircon.

Speaking exclusively to CAJ News in Nairobi, Base Titanium Managing director, Joe Schwartz said 100 tonnes of rutile will be exported by the end of December.

The shipment will be packed and containerized at the company's 60 000 tonne-capacity Likoni shipping terminal where it will then be transported to Mombasa for export.

"We had a target of making our first shipment by early December but we have missed it slightly. We will however be shipping out rutile towards the end of December," said. Schwartz.

He added that a bulk shipment of ilmenite will be made at the end of January.

"We will be shipping out between 20 000 and 30000 tonnes of Ilmenite by the end of January 2014,"said Schwartz.

Ilmenite and rutile are used in the manufacture of paints, plastics and paper while Zzrcon is used in the manufacture of tiles and ceramics.

The company approximates an annual export capacity of 30 000 tonnes of ilmenite, 80 000 tonnes of rutile and 30 000 tonnes of zircon.

Base Titanium's flagship development is the Kwale Mineral Sands Project in Kwale County, 50km south of Mombasa.

- CAJ News


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