METALS-London aluminum falls after Hydro restarts Brazil operations

BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) - London aluminum prices fell in early trade on Monday and were on course for their first daily drop in seven sessions after Norsk Hydro said it had resumed bauxite production in Brazil and was ramping up alumina output. Bauxite is a rock refined to make alumina, which is then used to produce aluminum metal. A power outage earlier this month had affected production at Hydro's Paragominas mine and Alunorte alumina refinery, supporting aluminum prices.


* ALUMINIUM: Three-month aluminum on the London Metal Exchange fell 0.3% to $1,819 by 0137 GMT after closing up 0.6% on Friday. The most traded February aluminum contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 0.5% to 14,130 yuan ($2,019.90) a tonne as ShFE stocks continue to fall.

* ALUMINIUM: Premiums for aluminum shipments to Japan for the first quarter of 2020 were set at $83 per tonne, down 14% from the previous quarter amid soft demand from electronics and auto companies, two sources directly involved in the pricing talks said.

* CHINA: Ge Honglin, the former chairman of state-owned Chinese aluminum firm Chinalco, has been named as the new head of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

* COPPER: LME copper edged up 0.2% to $6,227.50 a tonne in holiday-thinned trade, while ShFE copper fell 0.5% to 49,420 yuan a tonne.

* LITHIUM: SQM, the world's No. 2 lithium producer, said on Friday it "regrets" a ruling by a Chilean environmental court that it should be prosecuted over excessive water use in the country's northern Atacama Desert.

* INDIUM: An auction of around 3,609 tonnes of indium formerly held by China's now-defunct Fanya Metal Exchange is due to end at 0200 GMT.

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(Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)