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China zinc mine consolidation will maintain output growth

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24 July 2018

China zinc mine consolidation will maintain output growth

Report summary

Chinese authorities have taken an increasingly stringent stance on zinc mining since 2015 in an attempt to raise the environmental and safety standards of mine operation. Further ongoing inspections could continue to hinder output growth, restricting the potential for closed mines to restart. In this insight, we have quantified the impact from the tightening of environmental and safety standards. Such impact has resulted in industry consolidation and a change in dynamics between small and large-scale mines. We also look at future projects and analyse how consolidation might prove to be a driver for output growth.

Table of contents

    • Tightening of environmental and safety standards
    • Consolidation of industry in progress
    • Firm resource base supports construction of new zinc mine projects
    • Ongoing inspections constrain production growth
    • Structural decline in ore grade
    • What about cost?
  • Conclusion

Tables and charts

This report includes 9 images and tables including:

  • Production loss and new capacity by province in China (kt Zn)
  • Comparison between Wood Mackenzie and NBS data
  • Mine scale - RoW
  • China 2013
  • China 2017
  • China 2023
  • China zinc mine projects and country total ore reserves
  • Zinc mine cost curve on country basis
  • Zinc mine cost curve on a mine basis

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