Companies to be granted licences to mine in Kilifi, Kwale

A photo of the Base Titanum mining centre in Kwale county PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA: Two companies that had applied for mining licenses in Kilifi and Kwale counties are set to be granted licenses.

This is according to a gazette notice by the outgoing Mining CS Dan Kazungu which says that the application for the two companies was under consideration.

“Any objection to the grant of the prospecting license may be made in writing and addressed to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining to reach him within twenty-one (21) days from the date of the publication of this notice in the” reads part of the Gazette notice.

The two companies are Valencia mining company and Pacific mining industrial energy limited.

Valencia mining company had applied to mine heavy metals of Rutile,Zircon and Titanium the latter which is extensively mined in Kwale county while pacific energy had applied for authorization to mine base metals and gemstones in Kilifi county.

Last month, outgoing CS Kazungu said that a Chinese funded project to document Kenya’s minerals would kickoff in March.

Research has shown that Kwale county which is already a leading producer of limestone and Titanium holds extensive mineral resources with Mrima hill holding minerals worth sh 5.4 trillion.

Research has also revealed that Mamburi area of Kilifi county has 10 times more amount of Titanium than Kwale County.