The proposed Indonesian bauxite export ban from January 2014 threatens to inflate production costs at a number of Chinese refineries, as well as sparking a supply response in the third-party bauxite market. Assuming a complete stoppage of Indonesian bauxite exports and limited response by China's domestic bauxite mines, Wood Mackenzie estimates that weighted average production costs across the alumina refineries that take all or part of their bauxite from overseas could rise, on a delivered...
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Chinese alumina and the third-party bauxite conundrum
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