BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Bauxite and Alumina


On November 5 this year, a tailings dam at an iron ore operation in Brazil collapsed.  That sent large volumes of water and sludge into a second dam, which also collapsed.   The resulting flood saw millions of litres flow into a nearby village, claiming the lives of 13 people, with 6 others still missing.   […]

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What’s wrong with this statement, that I have lifted from the Jakarta Globe Newspaper’s website? China’s Shandong Nanshan Aluminum had allocated at least $5 billion to build a facility to process bauxite in Bintan, Riau Islands, Industry Minister M.S. Hidayat has announced. “They already started the project with a purchase of 1,000 hectares of land,” […]

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I had occasion to visit Malaysia in the last few days.   It was good timing, following the release of the September bauxite import data.   The figures showed that China’s imports of bauxite jumped considerably, mainly because Malaysia’s shipments nearly doubled.   The question doing the rounds at last week’s China Aluminium Forum was, […]

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The October edition of the Black China Report went out this afternoon. If you are a subscriber, you should have received an email from Jane Zhang – check your SPAM folder just in case.   We sent it out as a direct PDF this month, because the normal app that we use is still being […]

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A Western Australia online newspaper has today run a report that Alcoa may be in the middle of a strategy change for its WA bauxite. The Wa Business News (www.businessnews.com.au) reports that the recent trial cargoes of bauxite are a shift from the regular model of refining the material in WA. It points out that […]

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Reuters is reporting that 34 contractors in Pahang State in Malaysia have had their mining licences revoked.   According to the report, that leaves only 11 operators with permission to mine bauxite in the area. Kuantan, the regional capital of Pahang State, is awash with bauxite – literally.   When we were there 2 weeks […]

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