First metal from Ma'aden smelter will be December 12 – Alcoa
November 8, 2012
By:  Andrea Hotter

The first aluminium metal from the Ma’aden smelter in Saudi Arabia will be produced on December 12, one of its joint venture partners said on Wednesday November 7.

The 740,000 tpy capacity smelter is on track for next month, with the associated alumina refinery slated to start producing next year, Chris Ayers, head of global primary products at Alcoa, said. 

Alcoa will supply the joint venture’s smelter with alumina until the dedicated local bauxite mine and refinery come-on stream, Ayers added.

The $10.8 billion integrated production complex, located in Ras Al Khair in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, will contribute a 2% point reduction to Alcoa’s refining and smelting cost curves, Ayers said.

Alcoa shipped 47,000 tonnes of alumina from Bunbury port in Western Australia to the smelter last month.

The bauxite mine will have the capacity to produce four million tpy, while the refinery will have the capacity to produce 1.8 million tonnes of alumina per year.

The rolling mill will initially produce 380,000 tonnes of food-grade can sheet and auto sheet.