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Kenya to Offer 31 Coal Blocks After Pact With China’s Fenxi

Kenya plans to sign a concession accord this week with Fenxi Mining Industry Co. of China to develop a coal deposit of 400 million metric tons, ending a two-year delay and enabling the state to tender 31 more blocks.

A Benefits Sharing Agreement may be signed by tomorrow for blocks C and D at Mwingi, 143 kilometers (89 miles) northeast of the capital, Nairobi, John Omenge, chief geologist at the Energy Ministry, said in an interview on Dec. 3. Signing of the concession accord has been delayed since Fenxi won the tender to explore the blocks in 2011, after local residents demanded a share of income from the project.