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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1977
Year 1977, Volume 1 (1977)

Shelton, John E.
Sulfur and pyrites,   pp. 893-913 ff. PDF (2.1 MB)


Page 893

  893Sulfur and Pyrites 
By John E. Shelton1 
 There was a slight decrease in sulfur pricesin 1977 compared with those
in 1976. The average net shipmeüt value f.o.b. mine or plant for
Frasch
and recovered elemental sulfur decreased 3% from $46.45 per long ton in 1976
to $45.09 per ton in 1977. Both export and import prices decreased. The yearend
price for Frasch sulfur was ~61 per ton, f.o.b. Gulf Ports. 
 Production of sulfur in all forms in 1977 decreased 1.4% below that of 1976.
For the second year, production was less than apparent domestic consumption.
Sulfur was produced by 74 compai~ies at 190 operations in 83 States with
10 companies having 55 
operations accounting for 75% of the output. Distribution of production was
Frasch sulfur 55%, recovered elemental sulfur 34%, and the contained sulfur
in other production 11%. Production was concentrated in Texas and Louisiana.
Together, these two States accounted for 67% of the total output. 
 Shipments of sulfur in all forms to domestic and export markets increased
4% above those in 1976. Frasch and elemental sulfur accounted for 89% of
the total shipments of sulfur in all forms in 1977. The total value of shipments
f.o.b. mine or plant was $485.9 million in 1977 compared with 
Table 1 —Salient sulfur statistics 
(Thousand long tons sulfur content, and thousand dollars unless otherwise
noted) 
1973 
1974 
1975 
19?6 
1977 
United $tates: 
Production: 
Frasth L                          
 Recovered elemental                 
 Otherforms                      
 Total — - 
Shipments: 
 Frasch                           
 Recoveredelemental - Otherforms - 
 Total .._..              
Exports,crudaandret?ned               
 Irnports,elerneiital. - Consumptioll, apparent all forms' — —
— — — - 
Stocks, Dec. 31: Producet Frasch ahd elemental 
Value: 
 Shipments, f.oi,. mine or plant: 
Frasch                       
 Recoveredelemental - 
Otherforma                    
 Total -— — — — — - 
Exports,crude2                   
 Imports, elethental'                Price, elemental, dollars per long ton,
 fob. mine or plant                   World production: All forms (including
pyrites) - - 
'  
. 
7,605 
2,416 
900 
7,901 
2,632 
886 
7,211 
2,969 
1,079 
6,264 
3,138 
1,305 
5,822 
3,567 
1,169 
10,921 
11,419 
11,259 
10,707 
10,558 
7,438 
2,451. 
900 
7,898 
2,547 
886 
6,1)77 
2,902 
1,079 
5,860 
3,146 
1,305 
5,935 
3,570 
1,169 
10789 
1,'T76 
1,222 
10,235 
3,927 
11,331 
2,663 
2,150 
10,818 
3,957 
10,058 
1,352 
1,897 
10,603 
5,126 
10,311 
1,270 
1,727 
10,768 
5,563 
10,674 
1,178 
1,977 
11,473 
5,469 
$138,578 
37,873 
31,363 
$241,066 
60,599 
35,422 
$304,842 
104,886 
- 50,053 
$299,999 
118,322 
59,050 
$294,733 
133,849 
57,304 
207,814 
$34,330 
$14,871 
$17.84 
47,437 
337,087 
$95,516 
$51,124 
$28.88 
50,345 
459,782 
$69,553 
$70,848 
$45.63 
Y49,397 
477,371 
$60,226 
$59,494 
$46.45 
T49,697 
485,886 
$47,599 
$65,154 
$45.09 
50,649 
rRevised NA Not available. 
' Measured by shipments, plus imports, minus exports. 
2Declared customs valuation. 


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