The Australian mining company, Base Titanium, has recently expressed its optimism in the mining industry in Kenya. It is positive that it will continue the economic activity in the country beyond October 2022, when the present mine life ends.
The company, which according to record, has spent approximately Kshs10.7 million in exploration and survey activities between January and March this year, is planning to consolidate additional mineral resources discovered within the Kwale Prospecting Licence (PL 2018/0119), but beyond the current footprint of Special Mining Lease no 23.
“Completion of the remaining drilling program (4,200 metres) in the North-East Sector (Kwale East) of PL 2018/0119 remains on hold pending community access being secured,” the company noted in its latest operational update. Base Titanium is optimistic that the Petroleum and Mining ministry will award it the required mining licences as it plans to expand its mining exercise in both the South and North of the Kenyan Coast.
Among the prospecting licence applications submitted are for an area south of Lamu (applications 2019 0263, 0265, 0266), and an area in the Kuranze region of Kwale County (applications 2019 0260, 2510 and 2512.) Technical assessment of applications is in progress.
According to the General Manager for External Affairs, Simon Wall, so far the ministry has been supportive in their operations and the firm is confident they will be granted the required approvals for it to carry on with the mining operations in Kenya.
The company is keen on proceeding with exploration programmes in schedule and possible mining operations in selected parts of the Coast region. Presently, it is mining South Dune while thinking about the possibility of a 12-month extension of the mine-life through mining an area close to its current Special Mining Lease. The previous site was the ‘Central Dune’ which lasted over five years from October 2013 to June 2019. Base Titanium accounts for over 50% of total mining sector revenue according to the ministry’s data.