“Power consumption limits will be a recurring issue for Chinese smelters, [and] not only for summer. [They are] likely to be extended throughout the year,” a source with a major Chinese zinc smelter in Guangxi said, after receiving a notice from the provincial energy supplier to carry out peak-load shifting measures from mid-July onward.
This notice, seen by Fastmarkets, cited an estimated daily shortage of 80,000MWh of power for Guangxi prefecture, due to a drop in hydropower supply resulting from droughts, and a disruption in coal supply, as well as surging energy demand.
It was the second time this year that the zinc smelter had received an order limiting power consumption.
This time, the latest orders were sent to a wider area of China, to base metal smelters across the provinces of Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan, Guizhou, Henan and Inner Mongolia.
This means that power...