Bolivia seeks partner for Colquiri expansion

The Bolivian President Evo Morales has invited proposals from firms to help develop a new US$75 million tin and zinc processing plant for the country’s Colquiri tin and zinc mine. The government plans to award the contract on 20 June with an aim to complete...

Huanuni receives $20 million loan for mine operations

An agreement has been signed between the Bolivian Ministry of Mining and Empresa Minera Huanuni for the injection of US$20 million into the mining company to purchase essential supplies and pay off debt of approximately $17 million with its suppliers, according to...

Vinto sees record production in 2015

The Bolivian, state owned, Vinto Metallurgical Company (EMV) has reported production of 12,106 tonnes of refined tin in 2015, its highest in 20 years, according to local news sources. The smelters 2015 production exceeded a target of 11,300 tonnes and represents a...

Bolivian tin production increases despite Huanuni losses.

Bolivia’s refined tin production from January to September 2015 totalled 11,500 tonnes, up 1.3% year-on-year, despite financial problems in the country’s tin mining sector, according to local news sources. Whilst the Colquiri tin-zinc mine and Vinto...

Bolivian tin deal announced

Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced the agreement of a US $106 million deal between the state mining company Comibol and ThyssenKrupp of Germany to supply 13,200 tonnes of tin over two years from 2016. He was speaking at a televised news conference on...

Colquiri seeks investment after fall in profits

The Bolivian, state-owned, Colquiri Mining Company generated reduced profits of just over US$ 5 million in the first 8 months of 2015, as a result of the falling tin price, according to local news sources. The executive secretary of the mine workers union at Colquiri,...

Vinto records high profits as Ausmelt testing continues

Bolivian tin smelter, Vinto Metallurgical Company (EMV), announced profits of US$ 3.5 million in the first half of 2015 and also outlined progress on testing of its new Ausmelt furnace, local sources report. The first half revenues were reported on Tuesday by EMV...

Huanuni reports first half deficit of US$ 8 million

The Bolivian state-run tin mine, Huanuni, has reported an operational deficit of US$ 8 million for the first half of 2015 due to high labour costs and the low tin price, despite a cost cutting drive following poor financial performance at the beginning of the year,...

Colquiri mine dispute continues

Tension remains high between the state owned Colquiri Mining Company (EMC) and local mining cooperatives regarding a disagreement over access rights to particular mining levels of the Colquiri tin and zinc mine in La Paz, Bolivia, as reported by local newspaper, La...

Vinto expansion officially inaugurated

Bolivian President Evo Morales was present at the official opening ceremony for the new Ausmelt furnace operated by Empresa Metalúrgica Vinto (EMV) last Thursday, 5 February. The Ausmelt furnace, delayed by technical problems since last year, will enable the smelter...