Alphamin Resources continues to advance its Bisie tin mine project, located in North Kivu, eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company announced in early March 2019 that commissioning of the front-end crushing circuit at the processing plant has been completed and has run at nameplate capacity of 60 tonnes per hour. To date, around 6,500t of ore have been crushed and stockpiled for feeding into the gravity separation circuit; commissioning of the gravity concentration section is in progress. Alphamin remains on track to achieve its steady-state production goal, with full commissioning and ramp up scheduled for Q2 2019 and production at planned throughput levels expected in Q3 2019.
The Bisie tin mine is the largest tin project approaching production, with estimated capacity of over 9,600tpy of tin concentrate. With tin concentrate output from large producers in Asia and South America decreasing over the last few years and only a handful of other, smaller tin projects on the horizon, Bisie could become an important addition to the tin supply chain.