Introducing Base Titanium
Base Titanium Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian and UK-listed resources company, Base Resources Limited (ASX and AIM: BSE). Located in Kwale County, 50km south of Mombasa, it operates Kenya’s largest mine, which was officially awarded flagship project status under Kenya’s Vision 2030 national development blueprint.
Construction at the Kwale Project was completed at the end of 2013 and the first bulk shipment of ilmenite departed from Mombasa in February 2014. The mine is currently producing 455,000 tonnes of ilmenite; 85,000 tonnes, or 14% of the world’s rutile output; and 32,000 tonnes of zircon each year.
The Kwale Mine is significantly boosting revenue for the Government of Kenya and Kwale County and is set to deliver significant revenues in tax and royalty payments over the life of the mine, together with considerable indirect taxation, direct and indirect employment and other economic benefits.
Already the Mine has and continues to create significant opportunities for local economic development – through a focused local employment programme, and the procurement of goods and services from local vendors. The Company is also investing heavily in a variety of community livelihood enhancement programmes and social infrastructure in Kwale County, demonstrating its commitment to responsible and sustainable development.
Representing the first major, foreign direct investment in Kenya’s mining sector, Base Titanium is cognisant of its role in setting national benchmarks that are compliant with globally accepted standards in transparency, governance, safety, environmental management and community investment.
Importantly, Base Titanium aims to be a truly Kenyan mining company, and continues to work closely and constructively with the Government of Kenya to promote further investment in developing the sector.
Mining - The Key to Unlocking Kenya's Economic Potential
The extractives sector offers Kenya the highest immediate growth potential, and its development will contribute significantly to driving economic growth, not only in mining, oil and gas, but also in support sectors such as transport, energy, construction, and finance.
As an emerging industry, the mining sector is fragile and needs to be supported by an enabling regulatory environment in order to grow, stabilise and generate sustainable revenues for the Government, as well as to deliver local economic development for counties and communities.
Base Titanium continues to invest considerable effort internationally to enhance the perception of Kenya’s mining potential, by reiterating the support the Company has received to-date and Government’s commitment to maintaining the rule of law and enforceability of contracts.
Supporting the Development of Kenya's Emerging Mining Sector
The Kwale Project was, on 21st July 2017, officially recognised and awarded flagship project status under the Kenya Vision 2030 national development blueprint and its success serves as a benchmark and catalyst to attract further investment in Kenya, while the Vision 2030 Delivery Board supports Base Titanium within its mandate and Public Private Partnership framework.
Sustainability is core to our business. We adhere to the IFC Performance Standards in relation to the environmental and social impacts of our activities, ILO standards in relation to employment and the United Nation’s Voluntary Principles on Human Rights and Security.
We are signatories to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - a global initiative to ensure transparency in payments between resources companies and their host governments, and the Code of Ethics for Business in Kenya - an initiative of the business community under the umbrella of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance ("KEPSA") directed towards promoting and enhancing ethical business conduct.
The Kwale Project is expected to contribute around $225 million to the Government of Kenya in direct tax and royalty payments and close to $1 billion in GDP contribution over the 13 year life of the mine, in addition to considerable indirect taxation and other economic benefits.
The Company’s success will be measured not just by its performance as a miner but also by its role as a catalyst for national development. Base Titanium has invested heavily in infrastructure development, including investment of Kshs 5 billion in a port facility at Likoni, a water storage dam, power line and roads – all constructed to international standards.
Base Titanium adheres to a transparent and equitable employment system and is committed to local, quality job creation. We place great emphasis on training and knowledge transfer to upgrade skills in the community for the future benefit of Kenya’s mining industry.