Inner Mongolia mining accident causes shutdown in fluorspar production
Published: Wednesday, 03 April 2019
An accident at a mine in West Ujimqin Banner has closed many mines on health and safety grounds.
Fluorspar production will be affected by the Chinese
government’s decision to shut down mining
activity in the country’s northern province of
Inner Mongolia after an accident at a mine killed 21 workers
and injured a further 29, Fastmarkets heard on Friday March
The incident happened on February 24 at a silver, tin, lead
and zinc mine in West Ujimqin Banner, operated by Yinman
Mining. Operations were suspended immediately.
It appears that faulty brakes on a truck that was unsuitable
for underground transport caused it to crash in a tunnel. The
vehicle was used to transport mine personnel but was reported
to be overloaded at the time.
Following this breach of health and safety procedures, many
mines in the region have been closed, and this includes many
The tin market has already been affected by the shutdowns
and the consequences are now being seen in fluorspar
production, for which Inner Mongolia is a hub.
Local government authorities have started safety inspections
at all mining companies in the province, and these will
continue for around one month, according to sources.
"Our production has been affected by this accident, and we
don’t know when production can be resumed," a
producer in Inner Mongolia said. "Acidspar prices
haven’t been influenced for the moment, but I
think prices will not drop any further after the recent
The price for acidspar in China dropped in the week ended
March 1, but this was reported to be due to lower domestic
The price for acidspar, 97% CaF2, wet filtercake, fob China,
was assessed at $450-550 per tonne on February 28. This is
down from $500-580 per tonne the week before.