Aluminium International Today. Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p42-43. 2p. 3 Color Photographs.
Prices, Aluminum industry, Natural gas -- United States, Electricity, and Smelting furnaces
The article states that the price of natural gas and therefore electricity remains high in the U.S. preventing the reopening of shuttered capacity with the exception of two smelters in Washington State. It is increasingly beginning to look like these smelters will never reopen. U.S. energy costs has risen dramatically in recent years and are showing no signs that they are coming down. This has put pressure on the margins for both primary aluminum producers and downstream operations alike hut clearly smelters have been the hardest hit.
Reports on the gas price increase in the United Kingdom (UK) as of May 2001. Effect of the opening of a gas pipeline between the UK and Belgium; Factors behind the price increase; Impact on electricity prices.
Aluminum industry, Capital investments, Prices, and Electricity
Reports that the plans of Aluminerie Alouette to expand its smelting operations at Sept-Iles in Quebec, Canada, have been halted by deadlock in discussions with Hydro Quebec over power prices. Worth of the investment; Why Hydro Quebec will not sign further risk-sharing power contracts; Other projects affected by the impasse.