Base Resources owns and operates the Kwale mineral sands mine in Kenya, which commenced production in late 2013.
The Kwale Operation features a high grade ore body with a high value mineral assemblage, rich in rutile. Mining initially commenced on the Central Dune orebody before transitioning to the South Dune orebody in June 2019. The Kwale Operation currently accounts for approximately 65% of Kenya’s mining industry by mineral output value.
Kwale is designed to process ore to recover three separate products – ilmenite, rutile and zircon.
After commencing with dozer mining, Kwale mining operations now exclusivy use hydraulic mining , which has proved to be more cost effective and well suited to the Kwale deposit. Ore is received at the wet concentrator plant from the mining units via a slurry pipeline. The wet concentrator plant removes slimes and concentrates the valuable heavy minerals with a number of gravity separation steps and rejects most of the non-valuable, lighter gangue minerals.
The heavy mineral concentrate is then processed in the mineral separation plant. The mineral separation plant cleans and separates the rutile, ilmenite and zircon minerals into finished products for sale.
The products are then transported to the Company’s own Likoni Port facility, located inside Mombasa Port, for export to customers.
The Company is actively seeking to extend the life of Kwale Operations through its near mine and regional exploration programs.