Ma’aden-Alcoa halts part of production in Saudi smelter ramp-up

16 October 2013 17:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Alcoa’s joint-venture aluminium smelter in Saudi Arabia has halted production on one of two potlines “after a period of instability”, the US-based international aluminium major said on Wednesday.

Alcoa’s integrated Ma’aden-Alcoa smelter project with Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) is in its initial start-up phase. Aluminium smelting is a key market for caustic soda.

Alcoa said that the joint venture was working to restore the potline, which should be back online between the first and second quarter of 2014.

The ramp-up of the smelter’s second potline was ongoing and would now be accelerated, it added.

The incident on the first line is not expected to have any impact on Alcoa’s customers, and there were no impacts on Ma’aden-Alcoa’s mine, refinery or rolling mill, it said.

Alcoa formed the joint venture in 2009 to build “the largest and lowest-cost integrated aluminium facility” in the Middle East. The Ma’aden-Alcoa smelter has an initial capacity of 740,000 tonnes/year.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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