Aluminium International Today News

Hydro wins orders for tubing for solar collectors

Published: January 31, 2011 by Greg Morris

Hydro won the supply contracts from Solarbayer in Germany and the Polish company Hewalex, which ordered round-tube solutions for their respective solar thermal systems. These tubes are used in flat-plate collectors on rooftops, for residential and industrial use.

Hydro is manufacturing…

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Qatalum delay

Published: January 31, 2011 by Greg Morris

Qatalum may now reach capacity from June, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said adding the site’s production ramp-up is 50% complete.

The technical challenges relate to the cooling water system for the steam turbines under the power plant contract with General Electric/Doosan. The problems…

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Sterlite’s Balco bid rejected

Published: January 31, 2011 by Greg Morris

The Indian government turned down the bid calling it a violation of regulation rules. Sterlite already owns 51% of Balco.

Sterlite said it may appeal against the decision.

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Indian growth

Published: January 30, 2011 by Greg Morris

Indian mines minister, Mr B Handique said consumption would also reach 5Mt by 2015 and 10Mt by 2020 on rising demand from sectors such as infrastructure, construction and transportation.

The Indian aluminium industry produces about 1.3Mt compared with the world output of 40Mt, Mr…

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Century restart

Published: January 30, 2011 by Greg Morris

The smelter has a capacity of 250kt/y from five potlines. One of the potlines was idled due to lower aluminium prices and the cost structure of the plant.

Restarting the potline will increase production by 4370t/month. Century plans to add 100 positions through recall and hiring. The…

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Bauxite reserves

Published: January 30, 2011 by Greg Morris

Given the country’s current alumina capacity of over 40Mt, these reserves may be only able to support production for six-seven years if capacity runs at 100% rate.

However, the MLR’s latest mineral prospecting work has found resources of nearly 142Mt. According to the MLR, as of the end…

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