Snapshot of the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO)

Snapshot of the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO)

State Mining Corporation, also known as STAMICO, is an enterprise wholly owned by the Government. The corporation falls under the Ministry of Minerals created by the Public Corporation Act cap 257 via the State Mining Corporation Establishment order 163 of 1972 as amended in 2014. The corporation started operating in 1973. It was created to carry out duties stipulated under Section 4 of its Establishment Order, 1972. The main economic policy reforms in the 1980s via the Public Corporation Act of 1969 were overhauled, the Public Corporation Act of 1992 was thereafter enacted. The Act stripped away the ownership of subsidiary companies from public ownership, and STAMICO was affected. Section 48 sub-section 1 of the Act goes thus:

The Late Judge Mark Bomani
The Late Judge Mark Bomani

“All shares subscribed by the government in any public corporation through another corporation before the effective date shall afterwards be moved to the Treasury Register by the said holding corporation, and those shares shall be vested in the Treasury Register without any subsequent assurance.” Thus, STAMICO’s subsidiaries were liquidated and privatised in 1997, when the company was placed under the President Parastatal Sector reform commission as a specific Public Corporation. In 2000, however, the Justice Mark Bomani Commission Report recommended that STAMICO be closed.

After careful consideration of the potential and strength of the nation’s economic growth through the mining sector, again, it was recommended that STAMICO should continue without any direct or indirect funding from the Government. Hence, STAMICO concentrates on the high demand for drilling and exploration activities to generate income.

STAMICO Products and Services Offered

Coal Trade

STAMICO holds a Special Mining Licence (SML-223/2005) within the Ivogo Ridge and a Prospecting Licence (PL-9963/2014) at Kabulo Ridge. The project is located within the Songwe-Kiwira Coalfield, situated 100 km south of the city of Mbeya.

The most recent feasibility study regarding using coal to generate power revealed that there are up to 85 million tons of coal available at the Kabulo and Ivogo ridges within the coalfields of Kiwira. The coal deposit is capable of sustaining coal-fired power generation of up to 400 megawatts with a minimum lifespan of over 40 years and capable of supplying coal to manufacturing industries and other customers.

Health and Safety Environment

Drilling

Drilling services by STAMICO range from reserve circulation, diamond drilling, air-core, and rotary air blast to different foreign and local mineral, oil and gas exploration, and mining companies.

STAMICO engineers providing drilling services
STAMICO engineers providing drilling services

Artisanal and Small Scale Mining

STAMICO Support for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

  • Capital (where/what to do to acquire grants and loans)
  • Mining and Mineral Processing Equipment Selection
  • Geology and Mineral Resources information
  • Training ( geology, record keeping, exploration, mining, environment, entrepreneurship, mineral processing, etc.)

STAMICO Database

  • Mineral markets information (Locations, contacts)
  • ASM Database (List of PML owners)
  • Database for ASM requirement country wise
  • Mining and Mineral Processing Equipment inventory
  • Database for suitable mining areas

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Transformation

  •  History – what were they doing,
  •  Current situation – how are they doing now,
  •  Future projection –where we want them to be – transformation target)

STAMICO Demonstration Centres

The ITUMBI Demonstration Centre is located in the Chunya District of Mbeya Region.

  • Mineral processing (CIP plant)
  • Gravitational circuit for nugget (vikole) ore
  • Demo underground model mine
  • Laboratory gold sample analysis
  • Training of artisanal and small scale miners
  • Mining equipment renting
  • Elution Plant

The KATENTE Demonstration Centre is located in the Bukombe District of Geita Region.

  • Training of artisanal and small scale miners
  • Gravitational circuit for nugget (vikole) ore
  • Mining equipment renting
  • Elution Plant
  • Laboratory gold sample test
  • Mineral processing (CIP plant)

The LWAMGASA Demonstration Centre is located in Geita Region

  • Gravitational circuit for nugget (vikole) ore
  • Mineral processing (CIP plant)
  • Laboratory gold sample analysis
  • Mining equipment renting
  • Elution Plant
  • Training of artisanal and small scale miners

STAMICO Consultancy

Geological Service

The following STAMICO mineral exploration consultancy services are available:

A: Field Mapping

  • Mapping
  • Regolith mapping
  • Structural mapping and alteration

Deliverables: High-quality geological maps

B: Geochemical and Geophysical surveys

STAMICO can plan, supervise and manage  rock and soil sampling programmes ground geophysical surveys with superb data collection and interpretation

C: Target generation

Reviewing and studying available geological datasets to generate exploration targets

D: Exploration drilling management

STAMICO has a strong team of geo-technicians and geologists to plan and carry out drilling programmes like Air Core (AC), Rotary Air Blasting (RAB), Diamond drilling, and Reverse Circulation (RC). Supervision of drilling program from target generation, scouting, and resource drilling.

STAMICO Environmental Service

STAMICO offers state-of-the-art consultancy services and a full range of technical solutions that are customized to help organizations meet their compliance obligations and improve the health and safety of their workers and environmental performances.

  • Equipment quality assessment;
  • Environmental risk management;
  • Mine safety assessment;
  • Environmental and socio-economic impact;
  • Mine closure and reclamation management;
  • Occupational health and safety training;
  • Environmental audits; and
  • Health and safety risk inspections and management.

Mineral Processing

The following mineral processing STAMICO consultancy services are available:

  • Tailings management;
  • Optimization of mineral processing plants;
  • Processing plant optimization;
  • Process plant selection;
  • Metallurgical test works; and
  • Due diligence and technical audit.

Mining

The STAMICO mining consultancy services available include

  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Design of Tailings Storage Facilities
  • Mining equipment selection
  • Project financial modelling
  • Mining optimization
  • Engineering and instrumentation
  • Mine design and planning
  • Underground Mine ventilation design
  • Blasting
  • Capital and operating costs estimation

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