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  • Tin to be impacted by EU lead restrictions?

    by: Jonathan Rickwood, on Friday, 21 July 2017

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been asked to submit a report on the restriction of lead in hunting shot due to ongoing concerns about toxicity and its impact on wildlife, which could boost the use of tin in alloys as an alternative.

    The hunting shot market in the EU is fragmented between lead, steel, tungsten and bismuth shot although there is no data detailing the breakdown of each type in the EU. Tin is not used in isolation...

  • Bolivian miners resist Comibol restructuring plan

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 21 July 2017

    Miners at Bolivia's state-owned Huanuni tin mine have halted production in a dispute over a planned restructuring of Bolivia's umbrella state mining company, Comibol, local news sources have reported.

    A government proposal for the restructuring of Comibol has come under strong resistance generally from the mining sector in Bolivia, with workers unions believe the restructuring will result in a reduction of social benefits by governance under a public labour law rather than the general labour rules which provide current...

  • Approvals granted for Granville expansion

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 14 July 2017

    Australian tin producer and project developer, Aus Tin Mining, has announced that it has received formal approval from Tasmania's West Coast Council for the expansion of its Granville Tin Project in Tasmania. This removes a significant hurdle for a resumption of mining at the site.

    The company has already been producing tin concentrate by processing tailings material and ore stocks at Granville but has been limited by existing user rights which restrict annual processing to 2,500 tonnes of ore....

  • Maiden ore reserve reported for Cinovec

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 14 July 2017

    European Metals Holdings Limited has reported a maiden ore reserve for its Cinovec Lithium-Tin Project in the Czech Republic.

    The JORC-compliant probable ore reserve is based on a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) completed in April this year and totals 34.5 million tonnes of ore containing 0.30% lithium and 0.09% tin, or 103,500 tonnes of lithium and 31,050 tonnes of tin contained, as well as smaller volumes of tungsten.

    The project was envisaged in a recent 2017 PFS as an...

  • Bolivia reports weaker tin output in Q1

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 07 July 2017

    Official statistics from the Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal a year-on-year fall in both mine and refined tin production in the country in the first quarter of 2017, with mine output falling 6.7% to 4,381 tonnes and refined metal production falling 14.1% to 3,809 tonnes.

    The reduction in mine output can be largely attributed to a 37% year-on-year fall in production attributed to mining cooperatives to 590 tonnes during Q1, with reported state-owned mined output increasing by...

  • Positive economics confirmed in Rentails DFS update

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 07 July 2017

    Metals X has announced positive results from an updated DFS for its 50%-owned Rentails tailings retreatment project, adjacent to the operating Renison tin mine in Tasmania.

    The Rentails project is focussed on the reprocessing of some 21.6 million tonnes of historical tailings from the Renison tin mine, with average grades of 0.45% Sn and 0.23% Cu, or 97,200 tonnes of tin and 49,700 tonnes of copper. The updated DFS scenario proposes annual production of 5,400 tonnes of tin and 2,200 tonnes of copper, using flotation and...

  • PT Timah reports strong Q1 performance

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 06 July 2017

    Integrated Indonesian tin producer, PT Timah, has reported a strong first quarter for production, with mine output up 125% year-on-year to 7,675 tonnes in 2017 and refined production up 65% to 6,963 tonnes.

    The company reported in a press release that the increase was a result of reconstruction and replacement of production facilities, increased production capacity and better support facilities. The company's ongoing efforts in this area include the opening of new onshore mine units, additional cutter suction dredges...