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    ALDEL Reopens Potline One, Aims to Reach Full Production Capacity

    Damco Aluminum Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A. (ALDEL), located in Delfzijl, Netherlands, reopened potline one, six years after it had been closed. Potline one has a total of 120 pot cells, of which 44 have been started up with the expectation that full operation will be achieved by the end of 2019. In combination with the smelters […]

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    Alba Commissions Potline 6, Becomes Largest Single Site Aluminum Smelter

    Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) officially announced the commissioning of its sixth potline on December 13th. The $3.5 billion Line 6 Expansion Project precedes the gradual ramp-up of 424 pots, which will make the company the largest single-site aluminum smelter in the world upon completion. The commissioning of Line 6 was completed ahead of its first hot metal […]

  • European Aluminium-Environmental Report

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    European Aluminum Industry Strongly Improves Environmental Performance

    According to the new Environmental Profile Report, released by European Aluminium, the European aluminum industry continues to greatly improve its environmental performance by substantially reducing its carbon footprint across the entire aluminum value chain. “The report demonstrates that the industry is delivering on its aim to realize the industry’s greenhouse gas reduction potential towards 2050 […]

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    Primary Aluminum Production

    Compiled and edited by Joseph C. Benedyk. U.S. Patents US9822457 — METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LINING THE CATHODE OF THE ELECTROLYTIC CELL — United Company RUSAL Engineering and Technology Centre LLC (Russia) — The invention relates to method and apparatus for lining the cathode of the electrolytic cell for primary aluminum production. The method comprises […]

  • The upgraded EcoSøderburg potroom at the IrkAZ smelter.

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    Developing Technologies for the Future: Interview with Victor Mann, UC Rusal

    UC Rusal has recently invested in the development and implementation of several cutting edge technologies in primary aluminum production and downstream processing at its facilities in Russia, as well as bringing a number of innovative products to the market. Victor Mann, who has been technical director of Rusal since 2005, is in charge of research and […]

  • Rusal RA-550

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    Rusal Launches RA-550 Pilot Plant

    UC Rusal launched a pilot operation with eight new-generation RA-550 pots at its Sayanogorsk (SAZ) aluminum smelter. The US$30 million pilot is the result of three years of technology development within the company’s Technical Directorate. “The successful launch of the RA-550 technology is a true breakthrough event for Rusal,” said Victor Mann, technical director of […]

  • Hydro Aluminium

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    Hydro Inaugurates Karmøy Pilot Plant

    Hydro along with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg inaugurated its primary aluminum pilot plant in Karmøy, Norway. The technology pilot at Karmøy is an industrial-scale test plant, which Hydro’s will use to verify its new technology for aluminum electrolysis — which the company believes is the world’s most climate and energy efficient. The ambition of […]

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    USITC Releases Report on Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Aluminum Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) published Aluminum: Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Industry, a report based on its recent 332 investigation conducted at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Focusing on the years 2011–15, the report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of major aluminum producing and exporting countries, provides qualitative and […]

  • Alcoa Warrick aluminum smelter

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    Alcoa Plans Partial Restart of Warrick Aluminum Smelter

    Alcoa Corporation plans to restart three of five potlines at its Warrick Operations aluminum smelter near Evansville, IN, which had been previously closed in March 2016. The remaining two potlines will be classified as curtailed capacity and will remain idle. The three restarted potlines will directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American […]