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  • Minsur production higher in 2014 despite fourth quarter results

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 23 February 2015

    Individual Q4 results for Minsur's Peruvian operations have been released showing a 7% fall in tin production for the quarter, to 6,190 tonnes, compared with the final quarter of 2013, although total production for the year just exceeded that of 2013 at 24,223 tonnes.

    The lower production was largely the result of a 7% drop in head grade at the San Rafael Mine, from 2.68% in 4Q2013 to 2.48% in 4Q2014. Despite the drop in head grade, a 6% increase in...

  • Congo mine boss plans pure tin operation.

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 23 February 2015

    In what the owner hopes will be the first integrated tin mining and smelting operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Victor Kasongo, the ex-Congolese mine regulator and deputy minister has received financial backing to mechanise the tin mining operations of his company, Congo Premier Sarl, to provide consistent ore supply to his revived furnaces, in an operation with targeted annual production of 2,300 tonnes of tin.

    The US$20 million loan, offered to Congo Premier Sarl by South...

  • Commission poised to amend REACH reprotoxicity rules

    by: Jonathan Rickwood, on Friday, 20 February 2015

    Chemical Watch reports that the European Commission was due to adopt amendments on 20 February to the REACH annexes covering reproductive toxicity testing, replacing the standard two-generation (OECD TG 416) with the extended one-generation reproductive toxicity study (Eogrts) (OECD TG 443).

    Once adopted, the changes to Annexes VIII, IX and X should be published within a week or so, and will come into force 20 days after. Echa will then update its guidance on reproductive toxicity accordingly.

    The Commission's...

  • Hemerdon on track for 2015 production

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 20 February 2015

    ASX- listed Wolf Minerals (WLF) is well on schedule with the construction of its tungsten mine, now known as the Drakelands Mine, in Hemerdon, near Plymouth, UK, with initial production targeted in Q3 2015.

    The Australian mining company began construction at the site in February 2014 and in May of the same year raised the additional £100 million needed see the project through to production. Since then, contracts for power and lab services have been finalised at rates...

  • Apple to drop four smelters from supply chain for refusing conflict minerals audit

    by: Andrew Cooper, on Friday, 20 February 2015

    Apple has revealed in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it has informed four smelters–who provide metals used in the production of the company’s devices–that they will be dropped from the supply chain after refusing to submit to “conflict mineral” audits … 

    The audits are designed to ensure that the extraction of the minerals used does not finance armed groups associated with human rights violations:

    “Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are called conflict minerals because, in the Democratic Republic...