Sasol Completes Alumina Capacity Expansion in Germany

Chemical Engineering - February 15th, 2018

Sasol Ltd.'s Inorganics and Catalyst division announced the completion of its alumina capacity expansion at Sasol's BrunsbŁttel site in Germany.

The expansion will increase Sasol's alumina hydrate production capacity in BrunsbŁttel by approximately 15,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), enabling the company to meet growing global demand for its alumina products.

The expansion involved debottlenecking the alumina slurry feed capacity by installing an additional on-purpose alumina unit and constructing two new drum dryers, as well as a new spray dryer.

The new units were commissioned and started up over the past six months, with the last unit reaching beneficial operation during October 2017.

Azerbaijan Announces Plans to Restart Smelter at Ganja

Aluminium Insider - February 11th, 2018

Citing a desire to reduce the country's dependence upon foreign sources of raw materials, Azerbaijan's government announced plans last week to restart a domestic aluminium smelter that has been idle for the better part of a decade.

In a meeting of the state-run firm Azerbaijan Industrial Corporation OJSC, director general Kamran Nabizade said plans were in the works to breathe life into the Ganja aluminium smelter located in the country's western reaches.

Bound for Chinese Shores, Fiji Ships First Load of Bauxite in 2018

Aluminium Insider - February 9th, 2018

The Fijian government announced earlier this week that its first load of bauxite this year is currently being loaded onto a cargo ship destined for the People's Republic of China.

Apete Soro, acting director of the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, told local media earlier this week that the year's first shipment of 57,960 metric tons is being tucked away in the holds of an ore carrier at the Navakasiga jetty in Bua, on Vanua Levu's west coast.

Alba's Line 6 smelter achieves new milestone

Trade Arabia - February 5th, 2018

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the Bahrain-based aluminium smelter, revealed that its Line 6 smelter expansion project achieved a significant milestone - the First Cathode Sealing Operation - on January 31.

The first cathode is an integral part of the potlining activities for the new Line 6 pots based on the Dubal DX Ultra Technology that is being employed at the Line 6 Smelter, said a statement from the company.

Alba's chief executive officer Tim Murray said: "We are very much pleased with the overall progress we have made on Line 6 Smelter."

"The focused-approach adopted by our team has yielded nicely on the progress of engineering (79 per cent), procurement (83 per cent), contracts (97 per cent) and construction (17 per cent) simultaneously.

"We look forward to the on-schedule completion of Line 6 Expansion Project and have everything checked to be ready for commercial operations," he added.

Russia's Rusal says aluminium production up 0.6 pct in 2017

Kitco - February 4th, 2018

Russian aluminium giant United Company Rusal Plc said on Monday its 2017 aluminium production increased 0.6 percent from a year ago to 3.707 million tonnes.

Hong Kong-listed Rusal said its aluminium sales rose 3.6 percent year on year in 2017 to 3.955 million tonnes.

Rusal estimated that global aluminium demand grew by 6 percent from a year ago to 64 million tonnes in 2017 amid strong demand across all geographical regions, while robust demand growth left the global aluminum market in a deficit of around 1 million tonnes, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse.

Demand for aluminum in China grew 7.8 percent during the year to 34.9 million tonnes, it said.

Sohar Aluminium Resumes Full Production in Record Time

Albawaba - February 4th, 2018

Sohar Aluminium successfully resumed full operations in record time after an unexpected disruption in its normal operations, which led to the complete shutdown of its Potline on August 4th, 2017. The entire plant was involved in the recovery efforts to ensure the fastest return to full production, while sustaining excellent safety standards. The recovery process was recognized as an important accomplishment within the Aluminium industry.

Sohar Aluminium pays tribute for this great success to all its employees and contractors for their resilience, determination, and their "all-inclusive teamwork". The Company takes pride in its entire team that demonstrated excellence and efficiency of its operations, and thanks its Shareholders, Oman Oil, TAQA and Rio Tinto and all Stakeholders for their trust and unlimited support.

Guinea's GDM ships first bauxite ore

Mining Weekly - February 1st, 2018

Guinean bauxite mining company La Guineenne des Mines (GDM) shipped the first ore from its project in the western Boke region on Thursday and will target exports of two- to four-million tonnes this year, its chief executive said.

The first cargo of 174,000 t of the aluminium ore was loaded onto ships operated by Singapore's Winning Shipping and Chinese firm Shadong Weiqiao at the port of Dapilon.

The project currently estimates its proven reserves at 40-million tonnes of bauxite, and Diane said GDM has a long-term goal of processing its ore locally.

Its main exporters are SMB, which produced around 30 million tonnes of bauxite last year, and CBG, owned by the Guinean state, Alcoa, Rio Tinto Alcan and Dadco, with around 15-million tonnes of annual output.