JBI Bulletin (May 2019)

Total bauxite production continues to be impacted by the fallout in third-party sales of crude bauxite to the Asian market. In May, total bauxite production fell by 9% to 833kt, marking a second consecutive month of decline for the year.

Crude bauxite output for the month was 263kt, a decline of 29% when compared with the corresponding month of 2018. For the first five months of the year, output totaled approximately 1.26 million tonnes, which was equivalent to a 14.4% reduction relative to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, alumina production recorded a year-on-year increase of 6% to reach 210kt. While the reopened Alpart was the main contributor for the improved performance recorded, there were signs of recovery at Jamalco and Windalco after suffering from production disruptions in April due to a power outage and industrial action, respectively. Alumina production from January to May amounted to just over 1.06 million tonnes, which translated to an increase of 11.1% relative to May 2018.

During the month, the alumina refineries operated at an average capacity utilization of 67%, up by 4% when compared with the same period last year. More