Cornish tin mining moves closer to revival as developer plans float – by Julia Kollewe (The Guardian – May 14, 2018)

Cambourne’s South Crofty mine closed in 1998 after operating for more than 400 years

Tin mining is set for a comeback in Cornwall, as a Canadian company that plans to reopen the South Crofty mine in 2021 announced it would float on the London stock market next month to help fund the venture.

Vancouver-based Strongbow Exploration acquired the rights to the tin mine in the Cornish town of Pool in July 2016. After operating for more than 400 years, South Crofty was the last tin mine to close in the UK 20 years ago, due to a lack of investment and falling metal prices.

But since then demand for tin has increased while global supply is falling, driving a 60% surge in tin prices since January 2016 to $21,000 (£15,457) a tonne. Tin is used as solder in consumer electronics and other electronic devices, electric cars and solar cells.

Richard Williams, the Strongbow chief executive, said: “The company continues to advance South Crofty to a production decision, with a plan to recommence production in 2021. The project has all necessary permits in place and, as a former producing mine, offers great potential at a relatively low risk.

“The global demand for tin, especially in consumer electronics, combined with current tin price forecasts, underpins Strongbow’s strategy.”

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