BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Bauxite and Alumina


Some news from around the world’s aluminium smelters: Rio Tinto Alcan’s smelter in Cameroon may soon have a big brother.   Despite ongoing power supply problems there, RTA is looking into the feasibility of building a 1 million tonne smelter in Cameroon, along with a 1,000mw hydroelectric power station. Also in Cameroon, a US company called […]

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News from around the industry. UC Rusal has announced that they will resume construction of its Boguchany smelter. Phase one, comprising 147,000t, will commence operations in 2013. Garmco has shelved plans to build a rolling mill in the Sohar precinct, instead focusing on their existing plant in Bahrain. A consortium of Japanese investors is looking […]

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The following article comes from Reuters. Weiqiao Aluminum, China’s largest private alumina producer by capacity, has submitted a listing application to Hong Kong’s stock exchange aiming to raise about $1 billion, the Ming Pao Daily News reported on Wednesday, Shandong-based Weiqiao Aluminum, competing with Aluminum Corp of China Ltd (Chalco), was expected to launch its […]

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Naomi McSweeny, the scientist mentioned in the article we posted earlier this week, has kindly answered some of my dumb questions about the process and her breakthrough. As I explained to Naomi, my knowledge of alumina is that arrives at smelters in big ships.   But I will try to bring her answers in a way […]

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A colleague forwarded this story to me.   It comes from “Fresh Science”.   The information in the article is presented as is – I have no way of verifying if this is really a game-changing technology, though if the story is to be believed, then it seems pretty important.   Previously unknown species of naturally-occurring bacteria […]

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The following article appeared in several online journals.   This one is from Interactive Investor. Aluminum Corp of China Ltd (Chalco), the top aluminium group in China, has resumed all idle capacity of alumina and aluminium, boosting production, company executives said on Monday. “We have basically resumed all idle capacity,” Lu Youqing, vice president of Chinalco, […]

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