BLACK CHINA BLOG >> Calcined Coke


I am receiving reports of a mishap at Alcoa’s Lake Charles calciner. According to the information I have received, a problem occurred a few days ago when a leg on the feed hopper gave way.   The feature image is one I found on the internet, not from Lake Charles, but the feed hopper is […]

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The first week of the new year has brought with it no new hard information on China’s standing with petroleum coke. In the absence of hard news, soft news still seems to indicate where we are heading. China introduced a new law about 4 months ago banning the sale or burning of “unqualified” petcoke.  It […]

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In case you were wondering what’s happening with the new law on petcoke, we can report there is little in hard fact at the moment.   Rumours abound, and as usual the rumours would have you believe completely different scenarios. According to a rumour at the start of the week, consumers of high sulphur petcoke […]

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Rumours are circulating around the China petcoke market this week.   According to the rumours, China will make some important announcements tomorrow – Thursday December 10. AZ China understands that the announcement tomorrow will be a new definition of “unqualified petcoke”.   Regular readers will know that back in September China issued a new law […]

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This was the view of a leading Chinese academic, Wang Tao, when I interviewed him about the new “inti-petcoke” law in China. Mr Wang, from the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy was talking about the potential impact on the international aluminium community, if China were to stop or reduce exports of low sulphur petcoke. Mr […]

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I was asked today what the net improvement in petcoke and calcined coke would be for the USA as a result of the loss of smelting capacity at the 3 Alcoa plants and the Mt Holly smelter. It’s not a difficult calculation to do.   Assume a certain net carbon consumption for the 4 plants, say 440kgs/tonne […]

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