On 30 October, a major bridge collapsed some 53km south-east of Kisangani in Tshopo, DRC. Alphamin Resources, developer of the Bisie tin mine located in North Kivu, reported that the collapse occurred along the main provincial road used for exporting all concentrate and importing all major consumables.
Alphamin noted that it was investigating the most cost-effective logistical alternatives with the aim of maintaining full production. It has been reported that the bridge could be repaired within eight weeks.
Alphamin began commissioning Bisie in 2019 and tin production has continued to increase during the year, with output rising to 2.35kt for the quarter ending September 2019, compared to 0.6kt for the prior quarter. Plant recoveries averaged 65% in August and September, against design recoveries of 72%. Tin production was forecast to total 2.0-2.2kt for the December 2019 quarter, although this figure may be affected by any delays to the import of consumables for the operation.
Bisie is expected to be a key addition to the world tin feedstocks market, with a nameplate capacity of 9.9ktpy tin concentrate. Roskill is expecting a tight outlook for tin feedstocks over the coming decade, although the market should be sufficiently supplied if key projects ramp-up as forecast.
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