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Bauxite: feeding China only part of the puzzle

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30 March 2015

Bauxite: feeding China only part of the puzzle

Report summary

Wood Mackenzie expects that further expansion in alumina production capacity in China will be based on domestic bauxite resources rather than through imported ore. Any shortfall will be met by imported alumina or metal. As a consequence, we expect new alumina production hubs to emerge in SE Asia to help China service its metal requirements.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Diversification and stocks provide China near term security
  • Resources and costs support domestic expansion
  • Alumina will be key to China's metal imports
  • Bauxite requirement to grow

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

  • Chinese bauxite supply: breakdown of domestic and imported ore, 2000-2014
  • Chinese bauxite supply: breakdown of domestic and imported ore, 2000-2014
  • Chinese refinery costs by province, 2015, US$/t alumina
  • Chinese refinery costs by province, 2015, US$/t alumina
  • Years of reserves/resources at projected mine output (keeping imports flat from 2020) (labels show provincial output average 2015-2035)
  • China bauxite supply by province (should imports flat line from 2020), 1995-2035, Mt (dry)
  • Chinese primary supply by metal equivalent and consumption, 2014-2030, million tonnes
  • Global bauxite requirement and supply, 2010-2030, million tonnes
  • Probable bauxite project, 2015-2030, million tonnes
  • Probable bauxite project, 2015-2030, million tonnes

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