AfriTin announced on 1st February 2019 the decision to modify the Phase 1 pilot plant of its Uis mine in Namibia to increase production capacity and complement production of primary tin concentrate with tantalum concentrate. The decision is based on plans to implement two additional components to the pilot plant: a third dense medium separation section to increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility; a magnetic separation circuit to allow for tantalum concentrate production alongside tin. The modifications are expected to increase the revenue-generation capability of the pilot plant. First tin and tantalum concentrate production is planned for Q2 2019.
The Uis Mine, once the largest opencast tin mine in the world, has an estimated non-JORC compliant resource of 73Mt at 0.136% Sn and 2.7Mt at 0.015% Ta2O5. Uis Phase 1 is expected to achieve steady production by the end of 2019, representing approximately 800tpy of tin concentrate. Results obtained with the pilot plant will direct the long-term Phase 2 mine plan, expected to reach production of around 5,000tpy of tin concentrate. Namibia is moving towards a positive re-entry into the tin market with the redevelopment of the Uis Mine, considering the planned long-term production scale and favourable conditions for mining development in the country.
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