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  • Regulation and flooding curb Indonesian tin operations

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    Preliminary data from the Indonesian trade ministry has revealed that the country exported 2,486 tonnes of tin in January, down 63% from the 6,770 tonnes exported in January last year, while recent flooding on the island of Bangka is expected to affect tin operations in February.

    There are three inter-related regulatory factors currently affecting sales, two of which are new. The first factor is that producers need permission to export (PE) letters, which give them a maximum permissible tonnage...

  • PFS announced for Achmmach small start option.

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 09 February 2016

    Australia-listed Kasbah Resources (ASX-KAS) has announced the completion of a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for a small start mining option (SSO) at its joint venture Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco.

    The 2015 DFS envisaged a 1Mtpa operation but the SSO has been designed to operate on reduced scale. The first stage of the mine plan proposed in the new PFS would include mining and processing 0.5 Mtpa of ore, containing roughly 1.05% Sn, to produce 4,700 tpa of tin-in concentrate...

  • China government considering tin stockpile plan

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    A spokesman for Yunnan Tin Company told Reuters on Monday that China's government has not yet decided on a plan to stockpile tin after requests from the country's major producers and its industry association.

    "The government has not put out substantive measures," Pan Wenhao, board secretary of Yunnan Tin told Reuters. State stockpiling would be the best option for producers, Pan said. He added that another option would be the producers stockpiling the metal themselves but they would also...

  • Bangka governor halts some offshore mining

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    According to local news sources, PT Timah today stopped production by offshore dredges in Kelabat bay, Bangka island, in response to a request by the governor of Bangka Belitung province, Rustam Effendi. Operations in this area are said to account for about 10% of state tin company's total mine production. According to the Kontan website, the governor's request was made following complaints by fishermen and NGOs about alleged environmental damage caused by dredging.

    It is not clear how long...

  • Myanmar tin ore export boom continues

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Latest official customs statistics released by China yesterday showed that the country's tin ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar hit a new monthly record level of 43,531 tonnes (gross weight) in December 2015. Annual imports from Myanmar last year amounted to 285,593 tonnes, accounting for 98% of China's total ore imports and up by 65% on 2014.

    ITRI China estimates that the tin content of Myanmar ore imported by China in 2015 was some 41,000 tonnes, mainly from Wa...

  • Vinto sees record production in 2015

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    The Bolivian, state owned, Vinto Metallurgical Company (EMV) has reported production of 12,106 tonnes of refined tin in 2015, its highest in 20 years, according to local news sources.

    The smelters 2015 production exceeded a target of 11,300 tonnes and represents a 3.2% year on year increase from the 11,734 tonnes of refined tin produced in 2014. The company also reported that it exported 12,300 tonnes of tin during the year. This resulted in US$ 204 million in revenue...

  • Stellar plans fast-track mine option

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 25 January 2016

    ASX-listed tin explorer Stellar Resources Limited has outlined plans to undertake a scoping study in 2016 for the fast track development of the Lower Queen Hill deposit of its Heemskirk Tin project near Zeehan, Tasmania.

    Of the three tin deposits at the site, Queen Hill has been chosen for a smaller-scale, start-up, mining option as it is exposed at the surface and is closer to the portal for the PFS underground mine than the neighbouring Montana and Severn...