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Minsur Expects Lower Production in Coming Months
Aug 27, 2010 10:47CST

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27 -- Peruvian tin producer Minsur will see a temporary decrease in concentrate production at its San Rafael mine in Puno region, according to local paper Gestion today. The story, reported by BNAmericas, said that in compliance with a precautionary measure enforced by energy and mining investment regulator Osinergmin, Minsur will stop sending tailings to two existing storage areas and will instead use them in back-filling mined-out areas in the San Rafael mine. The move will reduce concentrate output by approximately 30%.

ITRI understands that the reduction in concentrate output should only be temporary and the situation is expected to be resolved in 3-4 months. The reduced concentrate supply will be partly covered by a draw-down of pipeline stocks and will therefore not be fully reflected in tin metal output by the company’s Funsur smelter near Ica. Refined tin production is expected to be reduced by 1,000 and 2,000 tonnes as a result. The Funsur smelter produced 20,987 tonnes of tin in January-July, up 0.8% on the corresponding period of 2009.


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