'Deteriorating': National extent of BSL cuts revealed

THE full extent of Boyne Smelter Limited's recent production cut on the national aluminium industry has been revealed in a government report.

The Resources Quarterly, released in March, details how the Rio Tinto-owned smelter's cuts would drive down aluminium exports in Australia this year.

"The outlook for Australia's aluminium exports in 2016 - 17 has deteriorated since our last report," it reads.

BOYNE SMELTER'S POWER CRISIS | JOBS TO GO

JAN. 19, 9.20AM | 'Sad reality' Smelter to cut jobs after power price hike

FEB. 2, 5.30PM | EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hurting': BSL boss desperate to save local jobs

FEB. 16, 5.30PM | Uncertain future for Boyne Smelter workers, as more cells removed

A combination of BSL's production cuts and a major power outage at South Australia's Portland smelter late last year are the two main reasons for the drop in exports.

"In 2015-16, Australia's aluminium production remained steady at 1.64 million tonnes, with no major additions or closures," it reads. "However, production for 2016-17 is forecast to fall by 4.9 per cent to 1.57 million tonnes."

WATCH | Boyne Smelter general manager Joe Rea explains

Australia's aluminium exports are expected to drop by 2.2 per cent to 1.41 million tonnes, with BSL being a major factor in the drop.

However, with the rise in aluminium prices, export values are estimated to rise by 1.2 per cent to $3.33 billion.

Earlier this year BSL announced it would cut production by 14% amid high electricity prices. The move meant more than 100 people lost their jobs.

TIMELINE | SEE HOW BOYNE SMELTER'S POWER CRISIS HAS UNFOLDED


Have your say on this notoriously unsafe Darling Downs road

Premium Content Have your say on this notoriously unsafe Darling Downs road

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is looking at upgrades to Toowoomba...

Grandstanding, petty Premier ignores facts: Frydenberg

Premium Content Grandstanding, petty Premier ignores facts: Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fires back at Annastacia Palaszczuk over JobKeeper

How Queenslanders left their Govt for dead in COVID recovery

Premium Content How Queenslanders left their Govt for dead in COVID recovery

Qld took more out of super than state spent on COVID recovery