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August 4, 2005
Alcoa, Government of the Republic of Ghana Agree to Re-Start Valco Smelter
NEW YORK & ACCRA, Ghana--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) and the Government of the Republic of Ghana today announced they have finalized agreements to re-start the Valco aluminum smelter in Tema, Ghana.
Plans are already underway to re-start 3 potlines at Valco representing 120,000 metric tons per year (mtpy). The parties anticipate that the re-start will be implemented in the first quarter of 2006 at which time production at the facility is expected to be approximately 10,000 metric tons a month.
Alcoa and the Government are continuing discussions to develop an integrated aluminum industry in Ghana that would include bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminum production, and rail transportation infrastructure upgrades, as outlined in their memorandum of understanding signed in January 2005. Alcoa's participation in the bauxite and alumina operations in Ghana will be through its Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) global enterprise, which is 60 percent owned by Alcoa and 40 percent owned by Alumina Limited of Australia.
According to the re-start agreements, Ghana will be the managing owner of the smelter and will receive technical, operational and commercial support from Alcoa. In addition, Alcoa will serve as Valco's exclusive distributor for export sales of metal produced at the smelter. Alumina, the key raw material for aluminum production, will be supplied via an interim supply agreement between AWAC and Valco. Power for the smelter will be supplied by the Volta River Authority ("VRA"). Costs for the re-start, estimated at USD $20 Million, will be funded by debt financing obtained by Valco.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com