Friday, January 15, 2010

Indonesia seizes 5 tonnes of illegal tin ore

Police in Bangka-Belitung province, Indonesia's main tin-producing area, have confiscated five tonnes of illegal tin ore. Dian Harianto, West Bangka police chief, told media that the tin ore had been seized from a warehouse as the owner did not have a proper license to stockpile tin ore and could not verify the source of the ore.

The combination of the police crackdown on illegal tin mining and wet weather has hit supplies of tin ore for members of PT Bangka-Belitung Timah Sejahtera, a consortium of seven smelters. "Tin ore supplies to our members have been halved because many tin mines are flooded while the police operation has discouraged individual miners from mining tin," said Johan Murod, director of the consortium.

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