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  • Alphamin announces updated DFS

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Tin explorer, Alphamin Resources Corp.(TSX-V:AFM), has announced an updated feasibility study (DFS) for its Bisie tin project in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to reflect an increase in Mineral Resources at the site.

    In May this year the company reported a 34% increase in Probable Mineral reserves to 152,768 tonnes of contained tin (3.52 Mt of ore @ 4.34% Sn). Adjusting for this change and improved economic outlook relative to the previous DFS, released in February, has...

  • New high for tinplate recycling rate in Europe

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has reached a new all-time high of 76%, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) announced this week. This record rate, based on 2014 data, confirms steel as Europe's most recycled packaging material for the 10th consecutive year and sees the recycling rate of steel packaging pull further away from that of other packaging materials.

    In APEAL's latest Steel for Packaging Update newsletter secretary general Alexander Mohr commented: "Steel...

  • US House of Representatives seeks to halt implementation of US conflict mineral reporting

    by: Steven Peterson, on Friday, 24 June 2016

    Washington DC based 'The Hill' reported here that Bill Huizenga filed a late amendment to the financial services appropriations bill to block funding for enforcement activity of section 1502 of Dodd Frank – the 'conflict minerals' reporting rules in the US – with the objective to halt implementation. The amendment was adopted by the House Rules Committee and will be voted on by the House of Representatives shortly. The amendment had been scheduled for consideration on 22nd June, but a sit-in by House...

  • EU regulation on tin supply chain due diligence draws nearer

    by: Steven Peterson, on Thursday, 23 June 2016

    On 15th June, EU institutions reached a general political understanding on proposals for a regulation on import of 'conflict' minerals from any high-risk production area in the world into the EU region (here). This trialogue compromise between the European Parliament, the European Council of Member States and the European Commission is the next step in a long process started with a Commission consultation in March 2013. The resulting Commission proposal in 2014 was for a voluntary certification scheme for...

  • China’s ore imports strong but steady in May

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

    Latest China customs data released yesterday shows imports of tin ore and concentrates at 40,575 tonnes gross weight in May, or an estimated 4,800 t contained tin. The May total was down 13% on the previous month's figure, but up by 87% compared to May 2015. In the first five months of this year, imports from Myanmar totalled 215,184 t with an estimated tin content of 26,000 tonnes.

    China exported 135 t refined tin in May and 211...

  • Bushveld explores smaller scale option for Mokopane

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 20 June 2016

    London-listed Bushveld Minerals Limited (LON:BMN) has announced a change of strategy for development of its Mokopane tin project in Limpopo Province, South Africa, along with positive results from pilot-scale metallurgical test work at the site.

    Bushveld released a scoping study for the project in September 2014, but has altered its strategy to focus on smaller-scale, near surface high-grade tin targets. This will reduce the initial capex requirement and the time required to bring the mine to production.

    Bulk metallurgical...

  • Plymouth Minerals in JV deal

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 20 June 2016

    ASX-listed Plymouth Minerals Ltd. has confirmed an Earn-in and Joint Venture agreement with Valoriza Mineria SLU for the potential development of the San Jose lithium-tin project in Spain's Extremadura region.

    The San Jose Mine is a historical tin-tungsten mine that operated in the 1960's with subsequent exploration and feasibility studies between 1985 and 1991 focussed on abundant lithium and tin mineralisation. Historical underground mining utilised multiple shafts and adits with a gravity concentration plant used to process the...