Ma’aden Alcoa Joint Venture
Part of the fully integrated aluminium complex being developed jointly by Ma’aden and Alcoa, the 740000 t/a smelter is scheduled for completion in 2013. In its initial phases, the joint venture will develop a fully integrated industrial complex which will become the world’s preeminent and lowest-cost supplier of primary aluminium, alumina and aluminium products, with access to the growing markets of the Middle East and beyond. The complex comprises: a bauxite mine with an initial capacity of 4 Mt/a; an alumina refinery with an initial capacity of 1,8 Mt/a; an aluminium smelter with an initial capacity of 740000 t/a; a rolling mill, with initial capacity of 380000 t/a. The mill will be the first in the Middle East capable of producing food grade can sheet, and will be one of the most technically advanced mills in the world. First commercial production from smelter and mill is scheduled for 2013, followed by first commercial production of alumina from the mine and refinery complex, scheduled for 2014. Alcoa will supply alumina to the smelter in the interim period (05/2012).