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  • Huanuni problems continue in 2016

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 20 February 2017

    Bolivia's state-owned Huanuni tin mine made a loss of US$6.7 Million last year, according to local news sources, as government statistics show that underinvestment and widespread drought resulted in a 25% year-on-year fall in tin-in-concentrate production in 2016 to 6,460 tonnes.

    Bolivia's worst drought in 25 years has been the major factor affecting output and has continued to be an issue so far in 2017. The impact has been compounded by ongoing reliance and underinvestment in Huanuni's ageing Santa...

  • Positive PEA for South Crofty

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 20 February 2017

    Strongbow Exploration has reported results of an independent, NI 43-101 compliant, Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its 100%-owned South Crofty tin project in Cornwall, UK, which indicates the project is potentially economically viable and technically feasible.

    The mineralised material amenable to extraction under the PEA scenario, which includes tin, zinc and copper, totals 2.575 Mt of ore at a tin equivalent grade of 1.55%, or comparable to some 40,000 tonnes of contained tin. The study conceives of an underground...

  • Minsur’s Peruvian production down in 2016

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Individual Q4 results for Minsur's Peruvian operations, released today, reveal refined tin production totalled 19,573 tonnes in 2016, down 3.2% from 2015. Despite a 20% year-on-year fall in refined production to 5,023 tonnes in Q4, 2016 production guidance of 19kt to 19.5kt was exceeded.

    In addition to the contraction in refined tin output from the Pisco smelter during Q4, tin-in-concentrate production from the San Rafael Mine fell 6% year-on-year to 4,828 tonnes in Q4, while head grades fell to...

  • YTC announce Dulong expansion

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    The Yunnan Tin Company has approved a Yuan 2.6 billion (US$375 million) investment plan to expand production from the Wenshan Dulong zinc-indium-tin-copper mine by some 70%, it was reported in a statement filed with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on January 11.

    The expansion will include the construction of new dump sites, a tailings dam and waste rock recycling facilities, which will increase mining capacity to 3.6 Mtpa. Operations at Dulong are run by YTC's subsidiary, Yunnan Hualian, which currently...

  • Mining lease approved for Heemskirk

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    Stellar Resources has reported that a Mining Lease has been granted by the Tasmanian Minister for Resources for its 100% owned Heemskirk Tin Project.

    Associated rights of the Mining Lease (ML) conferred to Stellar's subsidiary, Columbus Metals Limited, include the right to carry out mining operations and extract tin and all other metallic minerals within the 560 hectares lease area until 2029 with no minimum expenditure commitments.

    Stellar's Managing Director, Peter Blight, stated: "the ML reflects the Tasmanian Government's...

  • Renison output down in 2016

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 13 February 2017

    Metals X released its final quarterly report for 2016 in January, which reveals a 2.9% QOQ increase in tin-in-concentrate production to 1,768 tonnes from the Renison tin mine in Tasmania. However, the output for 2016 totalled 6,314 tonnes, down 7.4% from the previous year.

    The company cited that the boost in Q4 production was a result of higher Australian dollar tin prices and lower cost profile after the transition to owner operator earlier this year. Meanwhile grades, recoveries and tonnes mined and...

  • Alphamin report detailed design and budget estimates

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 07 February 2017

    TSX-listed Alphamin Resources has announced the results of detailed design work and budget estimates for its 80.75% owned Bisie Tin Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The work has resulted in an improvement in several operational parameters as well as an increase in proven and probable reserves to 4.67 Mt at 3.58% Sn (or 167,000 tonnes of tin)

    The report explains that while the fundamental mining method has not changed, the layout and mine design parameters have improved...

  • Republican SEC seeks to scale back SEC conflict minerals reporting

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

    Reuters have reported that the acting chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to scale back the SEC 'conflict minerals' rule. The Republican Michael Piwowar announced he has directed staff to reconsider how companies should comply with the rule and whether "additional relief" from its requirements is necessary.

    This comes after President Trump signed an executive order aiming to cut government regulation, and, although the SEC is an independent agency not subject to these orders,...

  • EU minerals regulation reaches final stage of approval

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

    On 24th January 2017 the European Parliaments' trade committee approved text of the proposed mineral regulation finalised following the three-way negotiations between the Parliament, Council and Commission completed last november. The regulation will be published after formal adoption of the full Parliament and Council and will enter into force 20 days later, many years after discussions began on this controversial topic. From January 2021 importers, smelters and refiners of tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold (3TG) will have to carry...

  • ITRI wins edie Sustainable Supply Chains Leader 2017

    by: Tony Wallace, on Friday, 27 January 2017

    ITRI's dedicated work and success in bringing positive change in the tin supply chain has been recognised with the award of the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2017 for Sustainable Supply Chains. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London attended by the great and the good of the sustainability sphere.

    Opening the Awards, edie editor Luke Nicholls said: "The past year has shown us numerous examples of organisations going to...