Asian Metal News
IM Mengxi Alumina refinery has resumed full capacity operation since mid-March – 200 ktpy – using imported bauxite.
Mengxi refinery was forced to suspend operations in late February as the spread of COVID-19 interrupted road transports. The company is reliant on imported bauxite to be trucked in by road transports for alumina refining. The company produced 180 kt of alumina in 2019 and currently holds no stocks.
It is going to build a 300 ktpy high-white aluminium hydroxide production line in 2020.
Mainstream alumina prices currently sit at RMB2,350~2,400/t ex-work, down RMB50/t from early this week.