Quality of Iron ores in Kenya; TharakaNithi and Samia

  • Alvin Kiprono Bett
  • Joan A. Onyango
  • S. M. Maranga
  • B. K. Rop

Abstract

Iron ores have been identified in various parts of the country. These regions include Eastern region, Tharaka-Nithi County, and Western/Nyanza region,BusiaCounty. Kenya has had various challenges in the iron and steel sectors which include unavailability of data on iron ore.This paper focuses on chemical analysis of iron (Fe) ores.Chemical analysis was carried out at the Ministry of Mining at Mines and Geology Department Laboratories using XRFmachine. The iron ore sampled had Fe2O3 composition ranging from 41-57% for the ores from Marimante and 18-25% for Samia samples. It was found that the common gangue in the ores from both sites were silica and alumina with traces of other elements. The Marimanteore wasfound to beilmenite.
Published
May 4, 2016
How to Cite
BETT, Alvin Kiprono et al. Quality of Iron ores in Kenya; TharakaNithi and Samia. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 75-79, may 2016. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/402>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2017.

Keywords

iron ore; grade; gangue;ilmenite