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China Jiangxi Copper producer halts after pollution order

Metal News - Published on Thu, 28 Dec 2017

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Bloomberg reported that Jiangxi Copper Co, China’s largest producer, is halting all output in the province after the local government ordered the curbs to reduce pollution. A company official said that the smelter received the order on Monday evening to stop production for at least a week before a further assessment based on local pollution levels, the official said, asking not to be identified because of company rules. The firm, which has 1.02 million metric tonnes of annual capacity in the southeastern province, remains in talks with the government to halt only smelting and not refining operations to minimize losses.

China is intensifying its campaign against air pollution by extending its winter manufacturing curbs in 28 northern cities to other provinces. Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co., the nation’s second-largest copper producer, said earlier this month that it’s halting as much as 30 % of smelting capacity at its main production hub in the eastern province of Anhui after a similar order.

Calls to the Jiangxi provincial government and environmental protection bureau weren’t answered Tuesday. The cuts come as China’s smelters plan to resume talks with overseas miners on 2018 processing fees next month. The output curbs would reduce smelters’ demand for concentrate and support their position in the annual negotiations.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 28 Dec 2017
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