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  • PT Timah excels in H1

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 08 September 2017

    The Indonesian state-owned tin producer, PT Timah, has announced a 57% year-on-year increase in refined tin production to 14,905 tonnes in the first half of 2017, with Q2 refined tin output at its highest level since Q4 2014 at 7,942 tonnes.

    The increase in refined tin output is correlated with a 77% year-on-year increase in tin-in-concentrate production to 16,078 tonnes over the same period. This largely reflects a nearly five-fold increase in onshore tin mining output to 8,323 tonnes,...

  • Myanmar ore imports rise in July

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    According to the latest customs statistics, China imports of tin concentrate from Myanmar totalled 25,602 tonnes in July, with an estimated tin content of 6,100 tonnes up 10% month on month and up around 70% year on year.

    The total imports of tin-in-concentrate from January to July this year were estimated to be about 36,400 tonnes, up 6.5% compared to the same period of last year. Meanwhile, China's officially reported refined tin imports in July totalled 133 tonnes while...

  • UN reports reduced conflict financing opportunities associated with 3T minerals

    by: Steven Peterson, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    The final report (S/2017/672) of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC was recently released and presented to the Security Council by Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Egypt), Council President for August. Two members of the Group had been murdered in Kasai Province in March and this unfortunate event was understandably the focus of comments. The discussion went on to consider the tremendous challenges which exist in the DRC, with the dynamics of the conflict ever-changing, an illicit trade in...

  • L’ONU rapport un réduite d’opportunités de financement de conflit associés aux minerais 3T

    by: Steven Peterson, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

     Le rapport final (S/2017/672) du Groupe d'experts des Nations Unies sur la République démocratique du Congo a été récemment publié et présenté au Conseil de sécurité par Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Égypte), président du Conseil pour août. Deux membres du Groupe ont été assassinés en mars dans la Province du Kasaï et l'on comprend aisément que ce malheureux évènement ait été au centre des commentaires. Le débat s'est poursuivi pour examiner les défis colossaux qui existent en RDC, avec la dynamique...

  • YTC announces planned smelter maintenance

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 31 August 2017

    Yunnan Tin Company Limited (YTC) has announced it will cease production to undertake maintenance of its smelter in Gejiu for a period of 41 days starting on 31 August.

    The company does not expect the planned production halt to have a significant influence on its overall 2017 refined tin output, but we estimate that the short-term impact will be a 5,000 t reduction in refined tin production during the maintenance period.

    YTC's 2017 first half report has also revealed...

  • Victory Mines to commence Bolivian tailings studies

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 24 August 2017

    Australian tin explorer, Victory Mines (ASX:VIC), has announced that it has been granted permission by Bolivian state mining company, Comibol, to carry out feasibility study work on eight tin tailings sites in Bolivia.

    The sites include four existing tailings projects that the company was working to develop in 2015 with local mining cooperatives under the joint venture, South American Tin. These four tailings sites (El Kenko Lamas, Catavi, Sink & Float Descartes and Rio Andavillque) are located near to the...

  • Indonesian governor imposes tin licence moratorium.

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 24 August 2017

    The Governor of Bangka Belitung, Erzaldi Rosman Djohan, has announced a moratorium on issuance and renewal of tin mining licences in the Indonesian province, asserting the need to address damage to the environment from illegal mining as well as illegal exportation of tin concentrate, according to local news sources.

    According to the governor, the moratorium means no new mining licences or extension of existing licences will be granted for the next two or three months while new regulation on...