Huanuni expects lowest output for a decade

The management of the Bolivian state-owned Huanuni mine expect tin production to fall to some 6,200 tonnes in 2018, 30% below a target of 8,000 tonnes. Despite attempts to increase the average monthly production, a US$2mn deficit which was recorded by the Huanuni...

Huanuni to trial new processing plant

The Bolivian state-owned tin mining company, Empresa Minera Huanuni (EMH), has announced plans to start trial operations at the Huanuni Mine’s Lucianita processing plant in late-October, according to local news sources. The 3,000tpd Lucianita plant was built by the...

Bolivian production stable in Q1

Bolivia’s tin output remained fairly stable in the first quarter of 2018, according to official government statistics, with the output of refined tin up 1.3% year-on-year to 3,858 tonnes and tin mine production effectively unchanged at 4,375 tonnes. Refined tin...

Vinto output falls in 2017

The Bolivian state-owned smelter, Empresa Metalúrgica Vinto, has revealed that refined tin production fell by 3.1% year-on-year to 12,637 tonnes in 2017, although revenues increased by 11% to some US$ 255 million, according to local sources. We believe that the small...

New Huanuni plant to begin limited operations in 2018

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...

Bolivian tin output recovers in Q2

Official statistics from the Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal a 13.8% quarter-on-quarter increase in refined tin output to 4,359 tonnes and a 7.9% increase in tin mine output to 4,726 tonnes in Q2 2017. Refined production saw a lower 1.8% increase and...

Victory Mines to commence Bolivian tailings studies

Australian tin explorer, Victory Mines (ASX:VIC), has announced that it has been granted permission by Bolivian state mining company, Comibol, to carry out feasibility study work on eight tin tailings sites in Bolivia. The sites include four existing tailings projects...

Bolivian miners resist Comibol restructuring plan

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...

Bolivia reports weaker tin output in Q1

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...

Bolivian mine production falls in 2016

Official statistics from Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal that while drought and delayed investment have impacted mined tin output, which fell 13.3% year-on-year to 17,460 tonnes in 2016, refined tin production rose 8.7% to 16,810 tonnes over the same...