Dublin-based and London-based Kenmare Resources, which explores the Moma titanium mine, off the coast of Nampula province, in northern Mozambique, announced Wednesday that it has set a production record for ilmenite in the second quarter of this year. In a statement, the company noted that it produced 41 percent more heavy mineral concentrate than in the same period last year and that the higher grade and volume resulted in the extraction of 283,000 tonnes of ilmenite – a 35 percent increase. The other two minerals extracted from the mine also showed increases from the same quarter in 2020: zircon production increased 28 percent to 14,900 tons and rutile increased 47 percent to 2,200 tons. According to Kenmare Managing Director Michael Carvill, “Market conditions for ilmenite and titanium raw materials in general remained strong in the second quarter of 2021 with prices strengthening quarter on quarter. continued to improve, with price increases during the quarter and continuing so far.” Kenmare also revealed that it is taking steps to protect its staff and the local community from the effects of Covid-19. He noted that the number of cases in Moma had dropped from 41 people isolated in April to zero at the end of May. However, the number of people to be isolated has now increased to fifteen and the company has expressed concern about the increase in southern Africa of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The Moma mine produces ilmenite (titanium and iron oxide), rutile (titanium dioxide) and zircon (zirconium silicate). Ilmenite and rutile are used to make white pigments for paint, paper and plastic. Titanium can be extracted from these ores and used to manufacture metal parts where lightness and high strength are required. Zircon is used for abrasive and insulating purposes. Source: Mozambique Charter

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