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  • Offtake MOU signed by Elementos and Thaisarco

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 30 August 2016

    Elementos has announced a partnership with the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company (Thaisarco) for the future supply of tin concentrates produced from the company's multi-stage Cleveland Tin Project, in Luina, Northwest Tasmania.

    A non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between the parties proposes Thaisarco's purchase of at least 100 tonnes per month of 55% tin concentrates, to commence as soon as production at Cleveland begins. The two companies intend to complete a formal offtake agreement as project development work progresses.

    Elementos...

  • China provide support for the Myanmar peace process

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 25 August 2016

    China's Special Envoy on Asian Affairs, Sun Guoxiang, met with ethnic non-state armed groups based along the Myanmar-China border this week, encouraging them to take part in the '21st Century Panglong' peace conference which is set to begin on 31st August in Naypyidaw, the Irrawaddy has reported.

    Meetings included an important discussion with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Panghsang in the Wa area of Shan State. During the recent visit of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu...

  • Refined Bangka Tin to restart production

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    The Indonesian private tin smelter, PT Refined Bangka Tin (RBT), has announced plans to resume production following a change of management, FastMarkets reported earlier today. In February this year it was announced that operations had ceased due to environmental concerns and that the company's smelting and refining facility on Bangka Island would be scrapped.

    Comments from FastMarkets sources suggest environmental concerns were only a part of the decision to halt operations and that internal disagreements between the company's owners...

  • Four China smelters stay closed into September

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

    While most tin smelters in Yunnan, Guangxi and Jiangxi provinces have re-opened recently, four plants which account for 18% of national production will remain idle for up to 40 days.

    Two new plant closures are reported in provinces other than those affected by the government environmental inspections which began on 19 July. Maanshan Weitai Tin Co. Ltd. in Anhui Province is planning a maintenance shutdown beginning on 28 August. The closure will be for 20 days. Another smelter in...

  • Myanmar tin production may have reached peak

    by: Jonathan Paxton, on Thursday, 18 August 2016

    Estimated tin production by Myanmar has seen a more than 10-fold increase in the four years to 2015. This is almost entirely due to the rapid growth in a major new mining centre in Wa county, close to the border with China's Yunnan province.

    The main mining zone, called Man Maw, covers a 200 km2 area, 90km north-west by road from the capital Pangsang on the China-Myanmar border. Within this, current mining activity is focussed in a 20 km2...

  • Aus Tin produces first tin from Granville

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 17 August 2016

    Australian based tin explorer, Aus Tin Mining, has turned producer with the announcement that production of tin concentrate has commenced from the company's Granville Tin Project in Tasmania.

    The company acquired the Granville project in April 2016 and have re-commissioned the processing plant at the site. Adjustments have been made to the processing circuit to treat pre-existing tailings material, which has tin grades ranging from 0.8%Sn to 3.3%Sn. This development makes Aus Tin only the second tin producer on...

  • Bolivian co-operatives clash with government

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 16 August 2016

    Roadblocks and violent protests have been reported in Bolivia in response to changes to laws governing co-operatives in the country, according to local news sources. Mining co-operatives play an important role in Bolivia, which produced 9,093 tonnes of tin-in-concentrate from mine operations in the first half of 2016, down 8% on the same period of 2015, according to recent government statistics. The co-operative share in total production was 17%.

    The government's recent amendments to the co-operative act include a...