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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 1 (1978-1979)

Shelton, John E.
Sulfur and pyrites,   pp. 877-897 ff. PDF (1.9 MB)


Page 877

  877Sulfur and Pyrites 
By John E. Shelton1 
 Production, shipments, apparent consumption, exports, imports, and price
of sulfur--all--increased in 1979. Stocks of elemental sulfur decreased 21%.
The average net shipment value f.o.b. mine/plant for Frasch and recovered
elemental sulfur increased from $44.38 per metric ton in 1977 to $45.17 per
ton in 1978 and to $55.75 per ton in 1979. The 1979 yearend quoted price
for Frasch sulfur was $87.60 per metric ton, Gulf Ports and $94.24 per metric
ton, exterminal Tampa. All data are in metric units. 
 Production of sulfur in all forms in 1979 reached a new high as output of
Frasch sulfur reversed the 4-year downward trend. For the fourth year, however,
domestic production was less than apparent domestic consumption. Production
of elemental sulfur was concentrated in Texas and Louisiana. Together, these
two States accounted for 64% of the total output in 1979. 
 To meet increased domestic demand and supply shortages caused by interruption
of transport of sulfur from other world export- 
Table 1.—Salient sulfur statistics 
(Thousand metric tons, sulfur content, and thousand dollars unless otherwise
noted) 
1975 
1976 
1977 
1978 
1979 
United States: 
Production: 
 Frasch                                    
Recovered elemental  
 Otherforms                                 
Total                                   
Shipments: 
 Frasch                                     
 Recoveredelemental                          
 Otherforms                                 
Total                                  
Imports,elementalandpyrites                       
Exports,crudeandrefined'                        
Consumption, apparent all forms2                    
Stocks, Dec. 31: Producer, Frasch and 
 recoveredelemental                            
Value: 
 Shipments, f.o.b. mine or plant: 
Frasch                                 
RecoveredelementaL                       
Otherfornis                              
 Total                                 
 Imports,elemental3                           
 Exports,crude andrefined ~                   Price, elemental, dollars per
metric ton, 
 f.o.b.mineorplant                             World production: All forms
(including pyrites)             
7,327 
3,017 
1,096 
6,365 
3,188 
1,326 
5,915 
3,624 
1,188 
5,648 
4,062 
1,465 
6,357 
4,070 
1,674 
11,440 
10,879 
10,727 
11,175 
12,101 
. 
6,175 
2,949 
1,096 
5,954 
3,196 
1,326 
6,030 
3,627 
1,188 
5,736 
4,088 
1,465 
7,507 
4,108 
1,674 
10,220 
1,927 
1,316 
10,773 
5,208 
10,476 
1,755 
1,217 
10,941 
5,652 
10,845 
2,009 
1,088 
11,657 
5,557 
11,289 
2,177 
827 
12,600 
5,345 
13,289 
2,494 
1,963 
13,739 
4,239 
$304,843 
104,886 
50,053 
$299,999 
118,322 
59,050 
$294,733 
133,849 
57,304 
$279,918 
163,799 
68,295 
$449,433 
198,137 
89,643 
459,782 
$70,848 
$71,801 
$44.91 
50,678 
477,371 
$59,494 
$63,534 
$45.72 
50,888 
485,886 
$65,154 
$52,111 
$44.38 
52,093 
512,012 
$75,671 
$34,667 
$45.17 
53,399 
737,213 
$94,147 
$142,966 
$55.75 
54,834 
1Excludes exports from the Virgin Islands to foreign countries. 
2Measured by shipments, plus imports, minus exports. 
3Declared customs valuation. 
4Excludes value of exports from the Virgin Islands toforeign countries. 


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