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June 14, 2010

Severe Flooding Forces Temporary Idling of Alcoa’s Aviles, Spain Aluminum Smelter

PITTSBURGH--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced it has temporarily idled its aluminum smelter in Aviles, Spain as a result of torrential flooding in the Asturias region of Spain late last week. The Aviles smelter has a production capacity of 93,000 metric tons per year.

The Aviles smelter and surrounding region suffered severe flooding last week, including the electrical substation that supplies power to the smelter.

The smelter will continue to be idled while clean-up from the flood is conducted and complete damage assessments can be made. Customers of the plant have been notified that the force majeure provisions of contracts have been triggered, impacting shipments and deliveries.

As the flooding occurred, Alcoa personnel were able to safely raise anodes out of their pots and help mitigate some of the flood’s impact. However, water entered the plant and substation, requiring the idling and clean-up and repair work. The Aviles plant directly employs approximately 500 people.

Alcoa is working with local community representatives, government leaders, and its insurance carriers and will provide additional details once the complete damage assessment, impact and timetable can be determined.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at