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  • 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...

  • 95% of company due diligence policies not aligned with OECD

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Tuesday, 21 November 2017

    A recent consultant study has concluded that 95% of downstream companies belonging to the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) had responsible sourcing policies that were not aligned with OECD Due Diligence Guidance. If this typical level of engagement is not improved by 2023, the consultants warn that the EU may extend mandatory due diligence obligations downstream.

    The research, by Kumi Consulting, London was carried out independently in September 2017 in the context of the new EU Regulation on due diligence...

  • Minsur output mixed in Q3

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 17 November 2017

    Minsur has announced mixed results for its Peruvian and Brazilian tin operations in Q3, with Peruvian refined tin production falling 4% year-on-year to 4,991 tonnes, in line with guidance, while refined tin output from Brazilian operations fell 6% to 1,629 tonnes.

    The decline in Peruvian production was mainly due to an 8% lower ore grade fed into the San Rafael plant of 1.86% Sn, partially offset by higher tin recoveries, with production from the mine falling 5% year-on-year to...

  • Minsur proceeds with $195 million B2 development

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 17 November 2017

    Leading South American tin producer, Minsur, has announced board approval for a US$195 million investment to execute its B2 tailings retreatment project, situated next to the operating San Rafael tin mine in Peru.

    The operation is designed to produce some 5,000 tpa of tin over a 9-year mine life, at projected cash costs of some $5,500 per tonne. Development will entail construction of a new tailings dam as well as a new 3,000 tpd processing plant to treat the...