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Written by Friends of The Congo What is Coltan? (Download (PDF) coltan fact sheet) Coltan is short for Columbite-tantalite - a black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Congo. The Congo possesses 64 percent of the world's coltan. When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan is a vital element in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop computers, pagers, and other electronic devices.Who are the primary exploiters of Coltan in the Congo?Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are the primary exploiters of coltan in the Congo. In an 18 month period Rwanda made $250 million as a result of exploitation of coltan in the Congo. Although Rwanda and Uganda possess little or no coltan, during the…
MOMBASA, KENYA: A British oil exploration company says it has invested Sh3.6 billion in off shore oil exploration in the Indian Ocean but failure to deploy the Kenya Navy is delaying its operations.Orphir-Energy received is exploratory licence in 2011 and its officials say it has faced challenges, including lack of navy escorts in the deep sea where piracy is rife.“A delay by the government of Kenya to deploy the Kenya navy, the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean which unfortunately has become occupational hazard here in East Africa” are some of the challenges mentioned in a report by the firm seen by the Standard in Kilifi.The document states that weather during the seismic campaign and winds have also hampered operations.On Wednesday, the firm’s public relations officer Elizabeth Kiarie said according to the terms of the 2011 licence, the Kenya government was to “offer security agents for personnel [involved in…

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