Showa Denko to build new 300,000 t/yr alumina plant in Indonesia

31 August 2010 08:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Showa Denko and Indonesian mining firm PT Antam has agreed to build a new 300,000 tonnes/year chemical alumina plant in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Showa Denko said on Tuesday.

The plant was expected to be completed in December 2013 and would cost around $450m (€356m), the chemical producer said in a statement.

Output from the new plant would be supplied to Showa Denko’s existing customers and to new markets in Indonesia for water purification and other applications, the company said.

Showa Denko would also use 200,000 tonnes/year of products from the new Indonesian plant to replace the current output from its plant in Yokohama, Japan, it said.

The company would stop production of alumina at its 200,000 tonne/year Yokohama plant, after it decided to terminate disposal of bauxite into the sea by 2015, the company added.

Alumina, a key consumer of caustic soda, is widely used for the smelting of aluminium metal and the production of electronic materials. 

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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