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Metallica Minerals : Bauxite Shortage - The Australian

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03/01/2015 | 06:08pm EDT

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The Australian, Australia

02 Mar 2015, by Robin Bromby

Business News, page 26 - 394.00 cm²

National - circulation 104,774 (MTWTF)

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Bauxite shortage

ROBIN BROMBY

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IN fact, shortages of bauxite may actually result in lower global alu- mina output. Capital Economics in London says the Indonesian bauxite export ban and falling Chinese stocks should make pri- ces rise this year. Indonesia, before its ban on export of unprocessed minerals, accounted for 20 per cent of bauxite on the world mar- ket, with China's alumina refiner- ies depending on that country for
70 per cent of their bauxite needs. New suppliers - Australia, Malaysia and producers in West Africa - have stepped in but they are higher-cost producers.
Capital said alumina remains resilient due to robust growth in aluminium demand. The research company is expecting the alumina price to rise from the present
$US354 a tonne to $US375 a tonne by the end of 2015. Significantly higher prices are unlikely as there is ample scope for bauxite miners to lift output. Even with that cave- at, local bauxite plays are probably feeling reasonably confident when it comes to laying out an economic case.
On Thursday, Metallica Min- erals (MLM) reported it has high grade, direct-shipping bauxite on Cape York that can be mined without significant processing. The deposit is located just south of the bauxite exporting port of Weipa. Also planning to produce
direct-shipping ore near Weipa is

Metro Mining (MMI).

In a research note out last week, Morgans described this jun- ior - last traded at 3.9c and with a market cap of just $11.26 million - as an "undiscovered bauxite beau- ty". The analysts believe the pre- feasibility study released in mid- February supported a simple, low
capital cost development that would see the company "exploit compelling bauxite market dy- namics". No doubt about their en- thusiasm, is there?
As described by Morgans, the planned project involves simple open pit mining, barging down the Skardon River and the loading the bauxite into bulk carriers. The note quotes an industry view that, while there are many deposits of bauxite around the world, very few of them offer sufficient invest- ment return, quick regulatory approval and ready access to
infrastructure, thus ruling out many potential large scale projects.
Also worth keeping an eye on is Australian Bauxite (ABX), which has begun developing its Bald Hill mine in Tasmania and stockpiling ore. Pnina Feldman's Queensland Bauxite (QBL) is planning to ship out through Mourilyan in north- ern Queensland, potential new business for a port that serves mainly the sugar and molasses in- dustry. In then meantime, QBL has had to extend its shareholder entitlement offer.
Also engaged on port (and rail) studies is Bauxite Resources (BAU), which has its projects in Western Australia's Darling Range.
And, a little farther flung, Can- yon Resources (CAY) has reached the first stage in negotiat- ing access to a railway line in Cam- eroon. The track lies just 10km
from the Birsok deposit and runs right down to the large port at Douala.

The Australian, Australia

02 Mar 2015, by Robin Bromby

Business News, page 26 - 394.00 cm²

National - circulation 104,774 (MTWTF)

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