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Electrical Outage Affects Production at Alumar Smelter in Brazil
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 21, 2003--Alcoa announced today
that production at its jointly-owned Alumar plant in Sao Luis, Brazil
was partially affected by an electrical outage on Friday, July 18,
2003. This outage affected approximately 40% of the production (6,800
metric tons/month for Alcoa and 6,000 metric tons/month for
BHP-Billiton). Work has already begun to bring production back to full
capacity, and at this time, restart of the affected potline is
expected to be initiated in the next 4 to 8 weeks.
Alumar conducted an orderly take down of the affected line,
significantly minimizing any material losses. Alumar's alumina
production as well as the remaining aluminum production lines continue
to operate normally. There were no injuries and no environmental
The Alumar smelter is jointly owned by Alcoa and BHP Billiton and
has a nameplate capacity of 370,000 metric tons per year. The cause of
the incident is being investigated. Alcoa's worldwide capacity for
primary aluminum is 3.9 million metric tons per year.