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February 2010


As of December 2009, the Middle East region is firmly on the path of becoming a major hub for aluminum production with the commissioning of the first phase, 585,000 tpy Qatalum smelter at Mesaieed, just south of Doha in the State of Qatar. Qatalum is a fully integrated greenfield plant, consisting of a smelter, casthouse, and carbon plant, as well as dedicated gas-fired power plant. The rapidly constructed smelter boasts low investment costs, high productivity output, and state-of-the-art reduction technology with low energy consumption and reduced emissions.


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