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China Shandong details aluminum sector winter output cuts: ministry

Metal News - Published on Tue, 05 Dec 2017

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Platts reported that Shandong Province, North China, released a detailed list of alumina and aluminum producers intending to cut their output in the winter heating season from November 15, 2017, to March, 15, 2018, the Shandong branch of the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a circular Friday.

MEP data showed that Xinfa Group, with a 1.58 million tonne per year unalloyed aluminum ingot and rod output capacity in Liaocheng City, Shandong, would shut 30%, or 564 electrolytic cells, out of its 1,880 cells in winter, equal to 381,900 mt/year of output capacity.

Xinfa Huayu Alumina in Chiping County, Shandong, with an alumina output capacity of 7 million tonne per year, will shut four of its 11 production lines in winter, equal to 2.6 million tonne per year capacity.

Meanwhile, in Zhanhua District, Binzhou City, Shandong, 320,000 tonne per year year refined aluminum producer Binbei New Material will shut all its 240 electrolytic cells in winter from November 15, 2017, to March 1, 2018, with the No.1 production line of its first phase alumina plant and the No.1 line of its second phase alumina plant asked to shut in winter, data from the Binzhou city government showed.

In Wudi County, under Binzhou Administration, 500,000 mt/year alumina producer Wudi Qixing Hi-tech Aluminum will shut all its output capacity in winter, while in Binzhou, Beihai Huihong New Aluminum Profiles with refined aluminum output capacity of 600,000 mt/year was asked to shut half of its 444 electrolytic cells, data showed.

In Zouping County, Shandong, alumina producers 4 million mt/year Weiqiao Aluminum & Power and 4 million mt/year Gaoxin Aluminum & Power were asked to cut a total alumina output capacity of 2.5 million mt/year in winter, city government data showed.

During winter, Weiqiao Aluminum & Power was asked to shut 1,484 of its 3,924 electrolytic cells the plant has aggregate aluminum smelting capacity of 4.25 million mt/year, its data showed.

Binzhou City requires the aluminum sector to cut output by 30% and the alumina sector referring to alumina plants using bauxite for processing, excluding alumina new materials and alumina grinding balls to cut output by over 30% in the winter heating period, its data showed.

Meanwhile, despite the start of output cuts by the Chinese aluminum sector since mid-November, Chinese domestic aluminum prices were weaker over the past few weeks, data from Shanghai Futures Exchange showed.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 05 Dec 2017
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