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China iron ore cost curve H2 2015

China iron ore cost curve H2 2015

Report summary

We estimate the average total cash cost of Chinese iron ore mines is US$66/dmt in 2015, US$5/dmt lower than our H1 2015 estimate. The downgrade in costs is because of weaker-than-expected demand in the non-contestable market leading to additional closures of high cost mines. The private closures and state-owned enterprise (SOE) production cuts have totalled 17 million tonnes in the non-contestable market.  

Existing mines also continue to cut costs to survive. One measure we are now seeing is mines increasing mass recovery by mining higher Fe grade raw ore - essentially high grading the deposits - and lowering concentrate Fe grades to recover more concentrates with the same input of raw ore. We estimate the cost saving from mass recovery increase is US$3/dmt. We've also observed almost all SOE mines continue to cut wages.

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  • Executive summary
  • More iron ore mines leave the market
  • More aggressive cost cuts

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  • Executive summary
    • China iron ore cost curve 2015
  • More iron ore mines leave the market
    • China iron ore cost curve H2 2015: Image 2
    • Iron ore production drop in 2015 (Million tonnes)
  • More aggressive cost cuts
    • China iron ore total cash cost
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