Kenya Discovers Large Coltan Deposits – Used in Mobiles, Laptops

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Large deposits of coltan mineral has been discovered in Kenya. Coltan is a valuable mineral used in producing electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops.

On January 24, 2024, Mining and Blue Economy Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya announced during his visit to Embu County headquarters that Kenya has adequate deposits of coltan found in six counties.

Embu is one of the counties that has been confirmed to have precious metals. Mvurya announced at Embu county headquarters that the government is evaluating the mineral’s economic worth.

These metals have particular electric conductivity, increase magnetic capacity, resist heat, produce vivid colours (screens), and enhance electrical battery performance, making them very attractive in the digital and high-tech industries.

“It is now official. We have coltan deposits in the country and we want to see how we can inspire the investors,” CS Mvurya said.

The CS said the government is determined to make the mining industry more vibrant for the country’s benefit.

He said more workers will be employed to assist in the exploration of the minerals which are spread across counties.

He revealed that so far 970 mineral occurrences have been noted across the country, adding that mining would kick off soon.

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