COVID-19 Impact Preliminary Assessment

The global commodity’s value chain is seeing disruptions due to the spread of the Coronavirus, with reports of increased build in inventories of aluminium, steel and zinc. Bauxite enterprises in Jamaica, while concerned about the spread of the virus, have reported, except for Alpart, that currently there is no impact on operations. However, given the…

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JBI Bulletin (March 2020)

The pace of decline in the bauxite production softened in March, despite the absence of Alpart’s operation and restrictions imposed by Covid-19. Total bauxite production for the month amounted to 635kt; declining 15% year-over-year as opposed to the 30% contraction recorded in February. This softening was primarily due to an increase in March’s crude bauxite…

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JBI Bulletin (February 2020)

Bauxite Production marginally improved month-over-month in February with Windalco showing signs of recovery relative to its performance last year. However, output was down year-over-year mainly due to Alpart going offline to facilitate an upgrade. In February, total bauxite production amounted to 568kt, down 30% relative to last year. Crude bauxite output, while improving by 20kt…

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JBI Bulletin (January 2020)

The suspension of Alpart’s operations and limited output for third party crude sales reduced bauxite production relative to last year. In January, total bauxite production totaled 541kt, down 41% relative to last year. Crude bauxite output dipped by 39% to 179kt as output for sales in the Asian market did not materialize as expected. Increased…

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JBI Bulletin (December 2019)

Total bauxite production grew in the reporting period for the second consecutive month after the shuttering of Alpart in September. Nevertheless, production fell from levels recorded last December, down 8% to 724kt. Crude bauxite output in December was at its highest since February 2019, increasing 44% year-over-year to 312kt. Despite the significant growth, as it…

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JBI Bulletin (November 2019)

Total bauxite production continued to decline in November largely due to the suspension of Alpart’s operations. The estimated two year suspension is aimed at facilitating the modernization of the refinery. Total bauxite output in the month amounted to 525kt, down 35% year-over-year. This out turn brings year-to-date production to 8.2 million tonnes, which is 11%…

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JBI Bulletin (October 2019)

Total bauxite production continues to decline in October with the suspension of Alpart’s operation coming into full effect. This suspension is expected to last up two years and is aimed at facilitating the modernization of the refinery. Total bauxite output in the month amounted to 555kt, down 37% year-over-year. This outturn brings yearto-date production to…

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JBI Bulletin (September 2019)

Total bauxite production dipped in September as the suspension of Alpart’s operation took effect. The refinery has been grappling with high production costs due to its ageing infrastructure. Therefore, activities at the plant are being curtailed to facilitate upgrading works. Total bauxite output in the review period amounted to 703kt, down 26% year-overyear. This outturn…

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