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  • Wolf processes first ore at Hemerdon

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 29 June 2015

    Dual-listed Wolf Minerals Ltd. (ASX:WLF, AIM:WLFE) has processed the first ore at the plant of its £130 million Hemerdon tungsten and tin project near Plymouth, UK, as wet commissioning gets underway.

    The wet commissioning process involves extensive testing of plant equipment and is being undertaken by contractor GR Engineering, who will pass responsibility for plant operations back to Wolf in August. Testing will continue at the processing plant throughout the summer with full-scale operations set to begin in the...

  • China refined tin imports drop sharply in May

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 29 June 2015

    China refined tin imports dropped 69% from 1,070 tonnes in April to 333 tonnes in May. The May figure also represents a 48% reduction compared to the same month of 2014. Although the arbitrage gap was wider than in April, a lack of market interest and sufficient Chinese domestic tin supply meant refined tin and other tin product imports did not increase as expected. The accumulated refined tin imports from January to May amounted to 2,762 tonnes, broadly level...

  • President calls for new tin strategy for Indonesia

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

    During a two day visit to Bangka-Belitung province at the weekend, Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called for a new plan to combat illegal mining and boost tin prices. The President inaugurated new port facilities at Tanjung Batu, Belitung island on Saturday and visited the PT Tinindo Inter Nusa smelter in Pangkalpinang, Bangka on Sunday.

    Local news media reported that Jokowi stressed the importance of Indonesia having long-term strategies which ensure better management of tin mining and...

  • Colquiri mine dispute continues

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

    Tension remains high between the state owned Colquiri Mining Company (EMC) and local mining cooperatives regarding a disagreement over access rights to particular mining levels of the Colquiri tin and zinc mine in La Paz, Bolivia, as reported by local newspaper, La Razon. The row started when the state-backed workers began working levels of the mine claimed by the local co-operatives.

    The cooperatives have stressed that they are not in conflict with the EMC, but they have declared a...

  • Korea stockpile purchases this year now up to 1,000 tonnes

    by: Peter Kettle, on Friday, 19 June 2015

    At its fifth tender for tin this year on 16 June South Korea's Public Procurement Service (PPS) bought 200 tonnes of MSC brand standard grade 400 ppm lead tin at a c.i.f premium of US$325 to the LME price. Cumulative purchases to date in 2015 now amount to 1,000 tonnes, in line with the agency's typical annual purchases of some 2,000 tpy. PPS is a state procurement and stockpiling agency serving small and medium sized companies in Korea and...