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Aus Tin transitions to owner mining at Granville

Aus Tin Mining Ltd. terminated a services contract with Jemrok Pty. Ltd. covering the company's Granville tin project in Tasmania, Australia, after the appointment of liquidators to Jemrok.

The company is also preparing for the start of owner mining at the Granville East mine, as opposed to appointing another contractor, to minimize disruption to the site. Aus Tin will use existing equipment and employ former Jemrok workers.

Aus Tin believes that owner mining will deliver greater control and improve productivity, according to a March 13 release.

Under the owner-mining model, waste mining operations have resumed and ore mining is expected to restart in the next two weeks.

Operating costs are estimated at between A$100,000 and A$130,000 per month, depending on blasting requirements, and include equipment rental, fuel and labor.

The company is also in talks with a third party for crushing and ore-hauling services.

Due to the delays caused by the shift in the operating model, Aus Tin is building an inventory of tin concentrate and is seeking to resume concentrate sales within a month.

Separately, the company said it continues to work with the New South Wales Department of Planning & Environment to secure approval for the stage-one operations plan at its Taronga project.