BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Bauxite and Alumina


AZ China will be speaking at the Metal Bulletin Bauxite and Alumina conference in Singapore tomorrow afternoon. Paul will cover the following topics:   Understanding China’s efforts to limit excess investment and the implication on its bauxite/alumina market Statistical analysis of China’s aluminium industry – production and output capacity of electrolytic aluminum, equipment utilization rates and […]

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Twelve months to the day after Chinalco announced they would not go ahead with an alumina refinery, the Queensland Government has announced it is revoking Chinalco’s licence for the Aurukun bauxite deposit.   Here is one of many articles reporting the announcement. Chinalco had previously convinced the Government to take the leases out of the […]

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A recent article in Business Insider reports that a Chinese group recently toured Guinea in West Africa, and proposed building an alumina refinery and aluminium smelter in that country. That got the attention of UC Rusal, who is at the same time facing punitive action from the Guinean President, Alpa Conde.   President Conde has […]

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An intriguing article has appeared in the Montreal Globe and Mail.   It says that a Canadian company is developing a new technology to extract alumina from clay.   According to the article, the new technology is cleaner and less costly than the Bayer method that most alumina refineries use, and it doesn’t produce the […]

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Rio Tinto Alcan announced yesterday that the Queensland floods had made it impossible to supply some aluminium customers with their orders.   Although the smelter itself is not affected, cuts to the major highways and the closure of the Brisbane port facilities had stopped delivery of metal to both domestic and overseas customers. RTA has […]

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No sooner did the announcement come out, than the denial was quickly issued. Gujarat Foils Ltd, in India, yesterday announced that Rusal had agreed to invest R14,000 crore (1 crore is 10 million Rupees, so this investment has a price tag of about US$3 billion) in a new aluminium complex in its home province. The […]

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