MINERALS & MINING

Our Key Projects

1. Mineral Rights and Concessions Management

The Mining Act, 2016 provides for, among others, surrender of at least half of licensed areas upon renewal as well as formation of Artisanal Mining Committees in each county. In this regard, the Ministry will implement the following activities in the FY 2018/19;

  • Gazette expired licence areas and ensure mandatory surrender of 50% of the areas on renewal of prospecting Licences by 30th June 2019.
  • Establish and operationalize Artisanal Mining Committees in 10 Counties (Migori, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Taita Taveta, Kakamega, Siaya, Turkana, Kilifi, Kwale and Kitui) by 30th June 2019.
  • Identify and gazette four (4) areas in Kakamega, Migori, Siaya and Turkana for licencing of Artisanal Mining.30th June, 2019

2. Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration

The project aims delineate mineralized areas by obtaining Geological, Geophysical, Geochemical and Geo-hazard data. During the contract period, the ministry will conduct geological, geophysical, geochemical and geo-hazard surveys in four (4) counties 30th June 2019 as enumerated below;

  1. Geological Survey in Kwale
  2. Geophysical Survey in Kitui
  3. Geochemical Survey and Drilling in Tharaka Nithi
  4. Geo-Hazard Survey in Narok

Nationwide Airborne Geophysical Survey Phase I

3. Minerals for Peace

Minerals, if well harnessed, can be used to foster cohesive and peaceful coexistence in communities by offering alternative sources of livelihoods.

During the FY 2018/19 the Ministry will undertake the following initiatives:

  1. Convene three (3) consultative fora with cement manufacturers and communities in Samburu, West Pokot and Turkana on Iron-ore, Limestone and Gypsum mining and processing for Cement production by 30th June 2019
  2. Establish Two (2) Pilot Sand Processing and Bagging Facilities in Makueni and Busia Counties by 30th June 2019

Operationalization of the Geological Data Bank

A geological data bank acts as a repository Centre for all geodata. The centre will host geo-data gathered from field surveys by both private and Government agencies and to inform investments in mining.

During the contract period, the Ministry will operationalize the data bank by undertaking the following;

  1. Conduct in-house training of ten (10) officers on geological data management by 30th March 2019
  2. Equip the Geological Data Bank by 30th April 2019
  3. Engage the British Geological Survey, verify and repatriate Kenya’s geological data held by the British Geological Survey (BGS) by 30th June 2019

Mineral Processing and Value Addition

During the contract period, the Ministry will implement following initiatives towards realization of the full potential of mineral resources;

  1. Voi Gemstone Value Addition Centre
  2. Develop a legal framework for operationalization of the centre by 30th March 2019
  3. Deploy Personnel to the Centre by 30th September 2018
  4. Equipment, Dry-run and Commission the centre by 31st December 2018
  5. Establishment of Vihiga Granite Processing Plant
  6. Stakeholder Engagement by 30th September 2018
  7. Secure and Fence off Project Land by 31st January 2019
  8. Carry out Feasibility Study by 30th March 2019
  9. Conduct Environmental and Social Impact Assessment by 30th June 2019
  10. Develop Architectural Design by 30th June 2019

Establishment of Kakamega Gold Refinery

  1. Stakeholder Engagement by 30th September 2018
  2. Secure and Fence Project Land by 30th March 2019

Mineral Certification and Testing Laboratory

During the 2018/19, the Ministry will:

  1. Equip the Mineral Certification Laboratory by 31st March 2019
  2. Operationalize the Mineral Certification Laboratory by 31st March 2019

Establishment and Strengthening of Institutions

The Mining Act 2016 and the Mining and Minerals Policy provide for establishment of institutions to ensure efficient management of the mining sub-sector.

During the contract period, the Ministry will undertake initiatives to strengthen the following institutions;

  1. Draft a Bill for establishment of the National Mining Institute by 30th March 2019
  2. Establish Two (2) Rapid Response Emergency Units for artisan mining in Migori and Kakamega counties by 31st March 2019

Mineral Verification and Audit

This aim is to ascertain revenue collected from mineral production and to ensure correct declaration by mining companies.

During the Contract period, the Ministry will:

  1. Establish Four (4) Mineral Audit Offices at the Port of Mombasa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Taveta and Busia 31st March 2019
  2. Acquire a Mineral Royalty Management System with associated equipment by 30th April 2019
  3. Increase the value of mineral production for export from USD 223 Million to USD 290 Million by 30th June 2019
  4. Increase the volume of mineral exports from 865 Metric Tonnes to 1.124 Million Metric Tonnes by 30th June, 2019

Capacity Building for the Extractive Sector

Capacity building is a requisite in enhancing local content in the sector. The objective is for Kenyans to progressively and sustainably manage Kenya’s natural resources exploitation and development.

During the Contract, the Ministry will;

  1. Train 300 professionals in the Oil and Gas through the Kenya Petroleum Technical Assistance Project (KEPTAP) by 30th March 2019
  2. Train 70 artisanal miners on financial literacy, technical, environmental management, health & safety, policy, legal and regulatory framework by 30th June 2019

Marketing of Minerals Exploration Blocks

The project aims to promote minerals’ exploration opportunities in open exploration blocks. Geological and Geophysical data will be packaged and used for marketing of the country’s minerals potential to prospective investors at Local and International conferences and related industry fora.

During this financial year, the Ministry intends Convene a Mining Investment Conference in Nairobi by 30th November 2018 to market the minerals in the country.

4. Operationalization of the Geological Data Bank

A geological data bank acts as a repository Centre for all geodata. The centre will host geo-data gathered from field surveys by both private and Government agencies and to inform investments in mining.

During the contract period, the Ministry will operationalize the data bank by undertaking the following;

  1. Conduct in-house training of ten (10) officers on geological data management by 30th March 2019
  2. Equip the Geological Data Bank by 30th April 2019
  3. Engage the British Geological Survey, verify and repatriate  Kenya’s geological data held by the British Geological Survey (BGS) by 30th June 2019

5. Mineral Processing and Value Addition

During the contract period, the Ministry will implement following initiatives towards realization of the full potential of mineral resources;

Voi Gemstone Value Addition Centre

  1. Develop a legal framework for operationalization of the centre by 30th March 2019
  2. Deploy Personnel to the Centre by 30th September 2018
  3. Equip , Dry-run and Commission the centre by 31st December 2018

Establishment of Vihiga Granite Processing Plant

  1. Stakeholder Engagement by 30th September 2018
  2. Secure and Fence off Project Land by 31st January 2019
  3. Carry out Feasibility Study by 30th March 2019
  4. Conduct Environmental and Social Impact Assessment by 30th June 2019
  5. Develop Architectural Design by 30th June 2019

Establishment of Kakamega Gold Refinery

  1. Stakeholder Engagement by 30th September 2018
  2. Secure and Fence Project Land by 30th March 2019

6. Mineral Certification and Testing Laboratory

During the 2018/19, the Ministry will:

  1. Equip the Mineral Certification Laboratory (Annex V) by 31st March 2019
  2. Operationalize the Mineral Certification Laboratory by 31st March 2019

7. Establishment and Strengthening of Institutions

The Mining Act 2016 and the Mining and Minerals Policy provide for establishment of institutions to ensure efficient management of the mining sub-sector.

During the contract period, the Ministry will undertake initiatives to strengthen the following institutions;

  1. Draft a Bill for establishment of the National Mining Institute by 30th March 2019
  2. Establish Two (2) Rapid Response Emergency Units for artisanal mining in Migori and Kakamega counties by 31st March 2019

8. Mineral Verification and Audit

This aim is to ascertain revenue collected from mineral production and to ensure correct declaration by mining companies.

During the Contract period, the Ministry will:

  1. Establish Four (4) Mineral Audit Offices at the Port of Mombasa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Taveta and Busia 31st March 2019
  2. Acquire a Mineral Royalty Management System with associated equipment (Annex VI) by 30th April 2019
  3. Increase the value of mineral production for export from USD 223 Million to USD 290 Million by 30th June 2019
  4. Increase the volume of mineral exports from 865 Metric Tonnes to 1.124 Million Metric Tonnes by 30th June, 2019

9. Capacity Building for the Extractive Sector

Capacity building is a requisite in enhancing local content in the sector. The objective is for Kenyans to progressively and sustainably manage Kenya’s natural resources exploitation and development.

During the Contract, the Ministry will;

  1. Train 300 professionals in the Oil and Gas through the Kenya Petroleum Technical Assistance Project (KEPTAP) by 30th March 2019
  2. Train 70 artisanal miners on financial literacy, technical, environmental management, health & safety, policy, legal and regulatory framework by 30th June 2019

10. Marketing of Minerals Exploration Blocks

The project aims to promote minerals’ exploration opportunities in open exploration blocks. Geological and Geophysical data will be packaged and used for marketing of the country’s minerals potential to prospective investors at Local and International conferences and related industry fora.

During this financial year, the Ministry intends Convene a Mining Investment Conference in Nairobi by 30th November 2018 to market the minerals in the country.