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Tin News

Shrinking demand to eclipse supply issues in tin market

By: Reuters     11th July 2019 The tin market is under greater pressure from an economic slowdown and falling demand than supply issues, where lower production from countries such as Myanmar is likely to be offset by a new project in central Africa. Tin prices on the London Metal Exchange at around $18 000 a tonne are down 15%... 

TNT sells its Tasmanian projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2019 ASX-listed junior TNT Mines has reached a sales agreement with Canadian firm TinOne Resources to divest of its tin/tungsten assets in Tasmania, for A$1.1-million. TinOne would pay the total consideration over four tranches, with the first A$50 000 payment due on the inking of a definitive... 

Mining stocks could rebound with help from Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2019 The backdrop for miners is ready to brighten in the second half of this year. They just need a resolution of the trade war between the US and China to light a fire under their stocks. Metal prices and mining equities have been at the mercy of trade headlines all year, and business fundamentals... 

Tin slumps most in seven years on spike in Chinese selling

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2019 Tin plunged the most in more than seven years in London following a wave of selling from China’s onshore metals market, where sentiment has soured as investors focus on signs of economic weakness. The metal, which is mostly used in soldering, dropped 6.3% to settle at $17 700 a metric ton on the... 

Illegal miners at Glencore concession in Congo defy eviction 

By: Reuters     2nd July 2019 Illegal miners at a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore in southeastern Congo defied a deadline on Tuesday to vacate the site, a union official said, raising fears of a potentially violent standoff. A landslide last Thursday at the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) concession, majority-owned by a... 

Illegal miners at Glencore concession in Congo defy eviction

DRA Global awarded process, engineering design contract for Kazakhstan project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2019 DRA Global has been awarded the process and engineering design contract as part of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for JSC Tin One Mining’s Syrymbet project, in northern Kazakhstan. DRA’s scope of work includes the design of a concentrator plant, as well as that of the immediate... 

DRA Global awarded process, engineering design contract for Kazakhstan project
Syrymbet project

AfriTin aims to capitalise on global tin deficit  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining achieved several key milestones at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia, during 2018 and is now focused on delivering a pilot plant capable of producing a profitable concentrate at the mine, while incorporating further optionality through regional expansion. Reporting on the... 

La Parrilla concentrator construction nearing completion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2019 Aim-listed W Resources would start commissioning its larger-scale La Parrilla concentrator next month, it said on Friday, reporting that construction completion was imminent. The primary construction of the concentrator spiral and shaking table buildings were complete and the smaller flotation... 

AfriTin confirms notable tin grades at Namibia project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2019 In its pursuit to declare a mineral resource estimate for the Uis tin mine, in Namibia, Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has shared the remaining assay results over ten holes from its resource validation drilling programme. Significant intercepts from drilling on the project’s V1 and V2 pegmatites... 

Alphamin progresses towards final commissioning at Bisie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 JSE- and TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources has completed C4 commissioning at its Bisie tin project’s processing plant, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The C4 commissioning involved feeding the system with material, checking instrumentation calibration, process flows and individual equipment... 

W keeping capital costs of Régua project low

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2019 Aim-listed tungsten, tin and gold mining company W Resources has signed a contract with Francisco Pereira Marinho and Irmaos (FPMI) to provide haulage and crushing services to its Régua tungsten mine, in northern Portugal. The company said that ore from Régua would be hauled 27 km to the... 

AfriTin receives further assay results for Namibia mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has received the second batch of assay results as part of a resource validation drilling programme at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The programme was aimed at validating the historic information disclosed by SRK in 1985 and designed to support the declaration of a... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Palladium, tin constraints offer upside for Ivanplats, Alphamin 

By: Nadine James     5th June 2019 Palladium and tin are both entering into periods of constrained supply, attendees of the Junior Mining Indaba – hosted at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park – were told on Wednesday. In his presentation, titled ‘We need more palladium’, Ivanplats senior VP Gerick Mouton noted that... 

Palladium, tin constraints offer upside for Ivanplats, Alphamin
Photo by Creamer Media
Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces commissioned a tin concentrate dryer at tin mine developer Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in March. Thermopower director William Oldnall tells Mining Weekly that the rotary dryer is... 

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised
TESTING Thermopower has manufactured the rotary dryer for the Bisie tin mine and a laboratory unit for national mineral research organisation Mintek to carry out iron-ore reducibility testing

AfriTin confirms Uis processing plant commissioning under way

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining on Tuesday confirmed that commissioning of the processing plant at its flagship asset, the Uis tin mine, in Namibia, had now started and was being conducted in a phased manner. Phase 1 of the pilot plant project will start with the testing of mechanical installations and... 

Uganda's tungsten mine sues International Tin Association for defamation

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 An owner of Uganda's only tungsten mine is suing the International Tin Association for defamation, saying the certifier wrongly accused it of trading in conflict minerals, court documents seen by Reuters show. The association's International Tin Supply Chain Initiative programme, used by... 

AfriTin secures £4.7m to bring Uis Phase 1 into production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has secured additional financing that will enable it to bring the Phase 1 pilot plant at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia, into production. The company raised about £3-million through the issue of 99.61-million ordinary shares. 

Consolidated Tin Mines adds to war chest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 Junior Consolidated Tin Mines has raised an additional A$4-million through a share placement to a new international investor. The placement to Chinese investor Tiesong Duan was in addition to the placement to Wealth Pointer Global, which took place in April this year and raised A$20.99-million.  

AfriTin completes drilling on first 20 holes at Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining on Monday announced that it had completed the first 20 diamond drill holes, which were recommended for the validation of the historical data by CSA Global, at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The drill holes form part of the drilling programme designed to support... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

LME appoints first female chairperson in its history

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans – the first female chairperson in its 142-year history. Evans, who is also on the board of Itau BBA International and has previously worked at Citi, Barclays Capital and the UK's... 

Micromine software upgraded to increase performance

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Following the positive effect of current worldwide exploration on the demand for mining software solutions specialist MICROMINE’s products, the company will release the latest version of its three-dimensional (3D) modelling and mine design software, Micromine 2020, in the last quarter of this... 

Micromine software  upgraded to  increase performance
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The upgraded Micromine 2020 offers enhancements to implicit modelling and pit optimiser modules

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Alphamin's Bisie nears final commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2019 Hot commissioning has started at TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources' Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Construction of the mine was completed in the first quarter of this year and wet commissioning was completed in the week of April 22. Hot commissioning involves feeding... 

More than 40m people work in artisanal mining – report

By: Reuters     25th April 2019 More than 40-million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining where minerals including gold, diamonds and cobalt are dug up often by hand, a report by the World Bank and development organisation Pact said on Wednesday. Increasing demand for metals and rising prices have... 

More than 40m people work in artisanal mining – report

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

La Parrilla jig and mill plant commissioning gets under way

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Aim-listed W Resources on Tuesday confirmed that commissioning of the jig and mill plant at La Parrilla, in Spain, has begun. The jig and mill plant will upgrade the La Parrilla ore, efficiently reject barren material, and prepare material for feed to the concentrator plant. 

Alphamin raises $12m for Bisie mine development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2019 JSE-listed and TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources’ largest shareholder, Tremont Master Holdings, has acquired about 40-million shares, or 50% of shares placed, in the private shares placement that Alphamin launched. The company placed 79-million shares, raising gross proceeds of C$15.9-million, or... 

Nigeria suspends mining in Zamfara state after banditry surges

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Nigeria has suspended mining in the restive northwestern state of Zamfara, a presidential aide and the police chief said on Sunday, amid concerns that illegal miners were connected to a surge in banditry. The suspension underscores the breakdown of security in a part of the country where the... 

Granville switches to owner-operated

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th March 2019 ASX-listed AusTin Mining will switch to owner mining at its Granville East mine, in Tasmania, following the liquidation of contract miner Jemrok. AusTin has terminated its contract with Jemrok and is now progressing with the necessary arrangements to start owner mining, which is expected to cost... 

Alphamin’s Bisie tin mine commissioning on schedule for Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 The processing plant front-end crushing circuit commissioning has been completed at TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources’ flagship Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with full commissioning and ramp-up scheduled for the second quarter of 2019. The Bisie project is now running... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Tin mining poised to become a significant mining play in DRC 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Tin mining is poised to become a significant factor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in North Kivu, as it can contribute to the country’s socioeconomic wellbeing, says tin exploration and mining company Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra. Alphamin Resources is developing... 

Tin mining poised to become a  significant mining play in DRC
Alphamin Resources CEO Boris Kamstra discusses his prospects for the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AfriTin discovers lithium occurrences at Namibia licence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 AfriTin Mining has discovered significant grades of lithium, in addition to tin, in pegmatites in the ML 133 licence, located in the Nainais area, near its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Recent test work indicates that the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral present is petalite, with lesser... 

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

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