August 11, 2017 / 11:37 AM / 8 days ago

REFILE-BRIEF-China's Henan province to transfer aluminium capacity

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BEIJING, Aug 11 (Reuters) - A total of 207,000 tonnes of annual aluminium production capacity will be transferred from five smelters in China's central Henan province, the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA) said Friday, citing the provincial government.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the capacity, which includes 60,000 tonnes from Wanji Aluminium and 50,000 tonnes from Mianchi Tianrui Aluminium, can be transferred anywhere in China, the CNIA statement said.

It noted reports the five smelters had agreed to transfer the capacity to a company in Tongliao in Inner Mongolia.

China is clamping down on excess capacity in its aluminium industry for environmental reasons. The top aluminium producing province of Shandong ordered 3.21 million tonnes of illegal smelting capacity to be shut by the end of July. (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by David Clarke)

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