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  • Indonesian tin shipments plan still unclear

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 03 March 2015

    Following a meeting on Friday called by the Governor of Bangka-Belitung province, Rustam Effendi, Indonesian tin exporters are continuing to discuss whether or how to manage their sales in order to support tin prices.

    Bloomberg reported that the 25 companies involved, including state tin company PT Timah, had formed a working group to devise the "best step" to increase prices. The team has four days to formulate measures, Effendi told reporters after the meeting in Pangkalpinang, adding that no...

  • Avalon completes conceptual economic study of East Kemptville

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 27 February 2015

    Avalon Rare Metals Inc. (TSX and NYSE MKT: AVL) has announced the completion of a conceptual redevelopment study for its East Kemptville Tin-Indium project in Nova Scotia, Canada, and has revealed plans for further work at the site.

    The economic study, the first since the closure of the original East Kemptville mine in 1992, was undertaken by Hains Engineering Company Limited and has indicated the potential for attractive economics if the site were to be redeveloped. The proposed model...

  • 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...