COLUMN-Tin mining – Cornish dreams and Myanmar reality: Andy Home

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(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a
columnist for Reuters.)

By Andy Home

LONDON Aug 22 Hope springs eternal in Cornwall
when it comes to reviving tin mining in this southwestern corner
of the United Kingdom.

Canada’s Strongbow Exploration is the latest to try
to rekindle the dying embers of what once was one of the world’s
largest tin-mining hubs.

It has just bought out of administration the South Crofty
mine, which was the last Cornish tin mine to close in 1998.

Many others have tried and failed to get South Crofty
producing again.

There is still plenty of tin in the area, albeit submerged
beneath the water that has flooded the mine since closure.

The real issue is price.

Low prices laid the Cornish tin industry low in the 1990s.
And although the current London Metal Exchange (LME) tin price
of around $18,500 a tonne is much higher than back then,
it is a far cry…

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