Latest data released by ’s Energy and Mines Ministry has revealed that tin production by ’s mine, the country’s only tin operation, dropped in December 2015 by nearly 23% to 1,841 mt. According to the ministry, mined tin output from the company’s Peruvian operations fell 15.6% to 19,511t in 2015 from the year before.

ITRI View: The drop in production is not surprising and is primarily a result of the continuing natural decline in tin grades at the mine. Official production data for 2015 will be released by Minsur in due course.