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  • Khinganolovo project progress update

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Hong Kong-based, Khingan Resources, is an exploration company actively developing its Khinganolovo tailings project within the Maly Khingan orefield in Russia's Far East.

    The Khinganolovo tailings were created during mining operations at the Khinganskoye deposit between 1945 and 2005. From 2014, the company contracted out exploration work at the tailings dumps and has since defined JORC-compliant reserves and completed a DFS for the project. The project is located in a well-developed area with access to water, roads and...

  • Minsur’s Peruvian production falls in December

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Latest data released by Peru's Energy and Mines Ministry has revealed that tin production by Minsur's San Rafael mine, the country's only tin operation, dropped in December 2015 by nearly 23% to 1,841 mt. According to the ministry, tin output from the company's Peruvian operations fell 15.6% to 19,511t in 2015 from the year before.

    ITRI View: The drop in production is not surprising and is primarily a result of the continuing natural decline in tin grades at the...

  • 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...