BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Calcined Coke


On December 15, the Beijing Government issued a broad alert to several surrounding provinces warning of severe pollution affecting the entire area for the next few days. China has a multi-level pollution alert system, with Red Alerts being the highest level. According to the announcement, the pollution levels these next days will be beyond the […]

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AZ China is about to issue the latest edition of the Semester Pricing Handbook, our quarterly publication designed to support anyone negotiating petcoke or CPC contracts.   That includes buyers and sellers. There has been a lot of close scrutiny on calcined coke prices, especially since last year when prices dived, and some buyers capitalized […]

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We have reported several times recently about the waves of environmental inspections that are taking place in China right now.   It has been clear to us that the authorities are ratcheting up the pressure, though it’s still not totally clear what the impact will be on the aluminum industry or on the raw materials […]

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Even since our post a couple of days ago, the situation regarding the impact of the environmental inspections is becoming murkier.  The carbon side of the market is showing  signs of a sudden and seismic shift. Subscribers to our Weekly Carbon Monitor will know that we called a steep rise in petcoke prices about 10 […]

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We have been reporting recently that there is a new wave of environmental inspections going on in China right now.  We have gleaned some more information from the government announcements on the new push, so here is an update. There are a total of just over 100 people in the environmental inspection teams.   In […]

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We reported recently about the ambitious move by Sinoway Carbon to move to high temperature calcining.   This method burns sulphur off out of the petcoke, theoretically allowing the calciner to use petcokes with sulphur levels of up to 8% and still produce a CPC suitable for an anode. This morning I received an update […]

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