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Mining giants' production cuts drag down global iron ore supply

Apr. 23, 2019

矿业巨头减产拖累全球铁矿石供应 

Mining giants' production cuts drag down global iron ore supply

据信息资源网  巴西3月铁矿石出口量为2218万吨,较去年同期下降26%,创6年来最低水平。据巴西媒体报道称,出口量大减主要原因是,巴西铁矿石巨头淡水河谷公司在1月的溃坝矿难发生后削减产量。

According to the information resources network, Brazil exported 22.18 million tons of iron ore in March, down 26 percent from the same period last year and the lowest level in six years. According to Brazilian media reports, the sharp drop in exports was mainly due to production cuts by Vale, the Brazilian iron ore giant, after a dam break in January.

淡水河谷是全球最大铁矿石生产商。1月发生溃坝事故后,该公司已经关闭了逾9000万吨的年产能。淡水河谷称,今年预计出口减少7500万吨铁矿石,减产20%。全球另一铁矿石生产大户必和必拓产能也受到影响。该公司表示,据初步估计,受热带气旋袭击澳大利亚影响,该公司铁矿石产量将减少600万至800万吨。此外,力拓集团也将铁矿石出货量预期下调1400万吨。3月澳大利亚铁矿石出货量降至5750万吨,为3年来低位。据媒体报道称,巨头减产意味着其它生产商必须满足铁矿石的供应缺口,但这种情况可能不会迅速转变。南非3月出口量从2月的490万吨增加到520万吨,印度的出口虽然在3月几乎翻了一番,但也只有130万吨。

Vale is the world's largest iron ore producer. After a dam break in January, the company has shut down more than 90 million tons of annual capacity. Vale said it expected exports to fall by 75 million tons of iron ore and production by 20 percent this year. BHP Billiton, another big producer of iron ore, has also been affected. The company said it is estimated that the company's iron ore production will be reduced by 6 million to 8 million tons due to tropical cyclone attacks on Australia. In addition, Rio Tinto Group also lowered its iron ore shipments forecast by 14 million tons. In March, Australian iron ore shipments fell to 57.5 million tons, a three-year low. According to media reports, the giant's production cuts mean that other producers must meet the supply gap for iron ore, but that may not change quickly. South Africa's exports rose to 5.2 million tons in March from 4.9 million tons in February, while India's exports almost doubled in March, but only 1.3 million tons.

Mining giants' production cuts drag down global iron ore supply

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