MAPUTO, July 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-AIM) -- Afrifocus Resources Limitada, a company partly owned by investors from India, has obtained a licence from the government of Mozambique to prospect for titanium and other minerals on islands off the coast of Angoche district in northern Mozambican province of Nampula.
The Nampula electronic newspaper â€œWamphula Faxâ€ quoted the Angoche district director of economic activities, Miguel Massunda Junior, as saying that prospecting would take place over a 12-month period, mainly on Catamoio Island, the administrative post of Aube and along the Meluli River.
Titanium and zirconium are already being extracted from heavy sands at a plant run by the Irish company Kenmare Resources at Moma in Nampula province.
Meanwhile, in Angoche, 300 local people are employed by the Chinese-owned Haiyu Mozambique Mining Company on its prospecting of the heavy sands at Sangage.
Ilmenite (iron titanium oxide) and rutile (titanium dioxide) are used to make white pigments for paints, paper and plastic. Titanium can be extracted from these ores and used to manufacture metallic parts where light weight and high strength are needed.
Zircon (zirconium silicate) is used for abrasive and insulating purposes.