AfriTin Mining Limited (AIM: ATM), a tin mining company with assets in Namibia and South Africa, is pleased to provide an operational update relating to the Phase 1 Plant commissioning of its new mining and processing facility at its flagship Uis Tin Mine in Namibia (“Uis”).
- Commissioning of the processing plant in final stage;
- First tin concentrate expected in early August;
- Four-month ramp up phase commencing this week;
The Company is pleased to announce construction of the Phase 1 Pilot Plant was completed on 26 July 2019 and both hot and cold commissioning is nearing completion ahead of production ramp up.
The plant consists of two main parts: a 4-stage crushing circuit and a 3-stage concentrating circuit. Hot commissioning of the crushing circuit was completed in June 2019 and cold commissioning of the concentrating circuit, which includes water testing of the wet circuits, was completed on 28 July 2019. Commissioning has progressed well and the final phase will see the hot commissioning of the concentrator, followed by commercial production of tin concentrate, which is on track to commence this week. Following the final commissioning phase, the Company will focus on ramping up the plant to its design capacity of 500,000 tonnes of ore per annum which will produce approximately 60 tonnes of tin concentrate per month before the end of Q4 2019. Thereafter, the preparations for Phase 2 will commence, which will comprise a planned operation of a 3 million tonne of ore per annum processing facility, producing approximately 5,000 tonnes per annum of tin concentrate.
In relation to this update, Anthony Viljoen, CEO of AfriTin Mining, commented:
“The successful commissioning of the concentrator officially concludes the construction phase of the project and moves the plant into Phase 1 production, with first tin concentrate to be produced in the coming days. This marks a momentous milestone for the Company and for the AfriTin team in particular, having delivered a pilot plant of this scale on a relatively modest budget, within two years of listing on AIM.
We look forward to keeping the market abreast of developments as the plant ramps up to steady-state production, while at the same time, delivering on other key aspects of the project.“