Alcan, the Oman Oil Company and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority are to construct a $1.7 billion primary aluminum smelter in Sohar, Oman.
Alcan, the Oman Oil Company (OOC) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) are to construct a $1.7 billion primary aluminum smelter in Sohar, Oman.
Alcan is taking a 20% stake in the 350kt per year smelter, which is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2008. The smelter will add approximately two percent to Alcan’s global smelting base.
The Sohar Aluminium Company will own and operate the smelter which will be based near the existing Sohar Industrial Area; it will be powered from a new Sohar Aluminium-owned 1000MW power plant.
The smelter’s initial scope will be based on a single AP35 potline, but with provisions for adding a second pot line – of which Alcan has an option to acquire up to 60%. The use of AP35 technology represents the first time that it is being used in a newly constructed smelter. To date, AP35 technology has been used in the upgrade of three existing smelters around the world.
“Under a technology transfer agreement, Alcan will provide Sohar Aluminium with a license and related technical services necessary to implement Alcan’s AP35 technology,” said Marco Palmieri, President, Alcan Primary Metal Group, Asia Pacific.