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  • Vinto output falls in 2017

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    The Bolivian state-owned smelter, Empresa Metalúrgica Vinto, has revealed that refined tin production fell by 3.1% year-on-year to 12,637 tonnes in 2017, although revenues increased by 11% to some US$ 255 million, according to local sources.

    We believe that the small decline in production last year was likely a result of disruption related to a month-long maintenance shutdown at the Vinto smelter in July to replace the brick lining inside its Ausmelt furnace. Official production in the first of...

  • Indonesian tin exports end 2017 strong.

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 09 January 2018

    Indonesian tin exports in December totalled 7,056 tonnes according to preliminary figures released by the trade ministry this week, down 11% month-on-month but up 17% year-on-year. 22,610 tonnes of tin was shipped from Indonesia in Q4, up 29% year-on-year and the highest quarterly total since Q2 2014.

    The December latest figures are based on pre-shipment checks made by surveying companies and include 9 tonnes of tin solder as well as refined metal ingots. Total shipments for 2017 amounted to...

  • China ore imports hit 2017 highs in November

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 04 January 2018

    According to the latest customs statistics, China's tin ores and concentrates imports in November 2017 totalled 30,481 tonnes, with 30,274 tonnes from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of ores and concentrates from Myanmar in November was 7,300 tonnes, more than double October levels and higher than any previous month of the year.

    From January to November 2017, the estimated tin metal content of ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled some 56,000 tonnes, up 7% compared to the...

  • Kasbah ditches SSO strategy

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 04 January 2018

    Australia-based tin explorer and developer, Kasbah Resources, plans to adapt the development strategy for its Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco following a technical review of the 2016 Small Start Option (SSO) Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) previously envisaged for the project.

    The SSO DFS was previously announced in July 2016 as an updated DFS, exploring higher average tin grades and a drastically reduced project Capex based on a multi-stage development plan for the Achmmach project. Kasbah has a 75%...

  • PT Timah establishes JV to produce Nigerian tin

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 15 December 2017

    Indonesian state-owned tin miner PT Timah has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Nigeria-based Topwide Ventures Limited with the intention of developing a tin mining site in the African country.

    The two companies intend to jointly conduct a feasibility study, geological mapping and exploration drilling in the country with a joint venture company to be set up to manage exploration activities, mining operations, processing and refining processes, shipment, sales and marketing of tin and its derivatives in Nigeria....

  • $30 Million loan for La Parrilla development

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 15 December 2017

    London-listed W Resources has announced a provisional $30 million loan for the development of its La Parrilla tungsten-tin mine in the Extremadura region of southwest Spain.

    The provisional $30 million term loan has been agreed with a US Special situations fund and remains subject to due diligence and legal documentation. The funding would enable full development of the project's first stage, which would see production ramping up to 2Mtpa ROM utilising a conventional dry crushing and screening plant with...

  • Meridian completes Bom Futuro maiden resource and PEA

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 08 December 2017

    Canadian-listed Brazilian metal explorer, developer and producer, Meridian Mining, has released a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and maiden resource for its Bom Futuro tailings projects, located in the state of Rondônia in Brazil.

    At the end of 2016, Meridian entered a joint venture with the original project owner, Coopersanta, and has since focussed on the potential recovery of tin from tailing produced over the 30-year history of Bom Futuro mining operations. The maiden resource includes indicated and inferred...

  • AfriTin plans Uis pilot plant programme

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 08 December 2017

    Newly AIM-list tin player, AfriTin Mining, has plans to move ahead with the expansion of a pilot plant at its Uis tin project in Namibia, after successfully raising £4.5 million in equity and convertible loan notes earlier this year.

    AfriTin formed via a demerger from Bushveld Minerals as a spin-off of the company's two main tin assets, the Uis tin project and the Mokopane tin project in South Africa. The company is currently focussed on development at Uis while...

  • China ore imports fall sharply in October

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 06 December 2017

    China imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled 12,919 tonnes (gross weight) in October, according to the latest official customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of 3,100 tonnes, down 38% from September and 44% year-on-year.

    From January to October, the estimated tin metal content of Chinese ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar totalled 48,600 tonnes, up 8% compared to the same period last year. The gross weight of China's tin ore imports from other countries in...

  • New Huanuni plant to begin limited operations in 2018

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 24 November 2017

    The General Manager of Bolivia's largest tin mine, Huanuni, has announced that the mine's new processing plant should begin small-scale operations from March 2018.

    The 3,000tpd Lucianita plant was built by the Chinese contractor Vicstar Union Engineering under a US$50 million contract awarded in 2011 with the purpose of replacing the ageing Santa Elena plant currently in operation at the mine. However, the new plant has not yet been utilised since its completion in late 2014 due to issues...