AluNews - September 2017

Alcoa and Bunbury Port Strike Two-Year Deal for Bauxite Export

Aluminium Insider - September 29th, 2017

The Western Australian port city of Bunbury announced on Wednesday that it will export over 2.5 million metric tons of bauxite ore mined from Alcoa's operations in the region over the next two years.

Bunbury joins Kwinana Bulk Terminal as the area's two ports approved to handle the export of bauxite ore.

Rusal's Restart of Operations at Guinea's Dian-Dian Bauxite Mine Imminent

Aluminium Insider - September 28th, 2017

Russian Federation aluminium behemoth UC Rusal told domestic media yesterday that plans are in the works to commission the 3-million-metric-ton-per-annum Dian-Dian bauxite mine in the African country of Guinea by next spring.

Yakov Itskov, Rusal's alumina business director, told Russian News Agency TASS that work at the bauxite mine was well underway at present.

"We look forward to deliveries of first bauxites to our alumina refinery in Ireland by next spring. We can proudly say today that we started bauxite mining [in Dian-Dian deposit TASS]; first 100,000 tonnes of bauxites [were mined]. We are constructing and producing in parallel."

"If we made decision on its further development, then calculations should be made. The situation is not fully clear. However, deposits of bauxites are good there. The plant owns about 300 mln tonnes of bauxites. This will be enough for 100 years of operations," explained Itskov.

Mineral production up 4.8% in July 2017

India Infoline - September 26th, 2017

The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of July 2017, stood at 92.6, 4.8%, higher as compared to the level in the month of July 2016, according to a government release.

The production level of Bauxite is 1629 thousand tonnes.

Sohar Aluminium restarts production

Trade Arabia - September 25th, 2017

Sohar Aluminium has restarted production after an interruption caused by an incident in August, the company said.

"Sohar Aluminium has confirmed it has re-energised the potline, and on September 15 gradually began re-starting the pots and the production of aluminium," Said Al Masoudi, chief executive officer, was quoted as saying in a statement by an Oman Tribune report.

"The company is still working closely with a team of industry experts to progressively return to full production levels as early as possible," the statement added.

The incident occurred on August 4 at the plant which interrupted normal operations.

The smelter may need four to six months to get back to full operation, a Reuters report said quoting sources. "About 130,000 to 150,000 tons of supply will likely be lost," the source said.

JISCO completes ALPART acquisition deal

Jamaica Gleaner - September 23rd, 2017

China's Jiuquan Iron & Steel Company (JISCO) has finalised its acquisition of the ALPART Alumina Refinery in Nain, St Elizabeth with the government.

The three final parts to the deal were signed yesterday morning in Jiayuguan, China.

A release from the Ministry of Transport and Mining yesterday afternoon said the three final parts to the acquisition deal addresses ownership, operation and build-out of the ALPART alumina works.

The Transport and Mining Ministry says the completion of the deal will pave the way for some $1 billion in additional investment at the refinery and the creation of 800 high-paying jobs

In July, Russian mining company UC Rusal formally signed a deal for the US$300-million sale of the 1.6-million-tonne Alpart alumina refinery to JISCO.

JISCO plans to build a 500,000-tonne-a-year aluminium smelter as part of its redevelopment of the refinery.

Production at the plant was halted in 2009 in the aftermath of the global recession and a drop in metal prices.

ABx Confirms Shipment of 30,000 MT of Bauxite

Aluminium Insider - September 20th, 2017

Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced the shipment and subsequent sale of a quantity of bauxite mined from its Bald Hill Bauxite Project in Tasmania.

Though the customer was not identified, ABx indicated that the shipment in question was of 30 thousand metric tons of cement-grade, custom-blended bauxite.

Hindalco Mulling Exporting Excess Alumina Production

Aluminium Insider - September 15th, 2017

Cursed with an overabundance of alumina production, India's Hindalco Industries Ltd is considering selling the excess to overseas buyers.

In the just-completed fiscal year, Hindalco's alumina production totaled 2.9 million metric tons, while its overall primary aluminium production totaled 1.3 million metric tons.

Tajikistan Plans to Increase Production of Aluminum to 300,000 Tons by 2020

Sputnik News - September 13th, 2017

The Tajik Aluminium Company (TAL?O) plans to increase the production of primary aluminum to 300,000 tons by 2020, TALCO official representative Igor Sattarov said Tuesday.

In early August, Tajik Minister of Economic Development and Trade Nematullo Hikmatullozoda said that projections for the production of primary aluminum in 2017 amounted to 148,000 tons. In 2016, Tajikistan produced 129,300 tons of primary aluminum which is a decrease of 7.2 percent in comparison with 2015.

Pacifica Bauxite Identifies Potential High-Grade Bauxite Outcroppings in Solomon Islands

Aluminium Insider - September 11th, 2017

Australian miner Pacific Bauxite Limited announced late last week that it has identified three pockets potentially containing high-grade bauxite ore at its South West New Georgia Bauxite Project in the Solomon Islands.

The firm said that, of over two hundred samples taken on the site, over half showed soil totaling at least a forty-percent concentration of alumina. According to the company's analysis, the samples outline three distinct outcroppings of high-grade bauxite ore with alumina concentrations of between 55 percent and 57 percent. Though silicon dioxide levels proved to be higher than bauxite at Pacific's Nendo Project, over one-third of the samples showed a silicon dioxide level of 16 percent or less. The firm said that more precise results will be available after the samples are tested in the laboratory.