Fused alumina prices surge as reduced power availability prompts operation closures

By Davide Ghilotti, Sybil Pan
Published: Friday, 01 October 2021

Market prices for fused alumina mineral products surged over the past two weeks to Thursday September 30 because of severe power shortages in Chinese production areas that hit availability, while bauxite prices held firm again.

Fastmarkets' assessments for brown fused (BFA) and white fused (WFA) alumina reached new highs after electricity constraints spread to heavily industrialized areas across China and led to extensive cuts to operating rates and the suspension of some operations.

Fastmarkets assessed alumina, fused white, 25kg bags, cif Europe at €875-950 ($1,014-1,101) per...

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