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Project to Boost Sohar Aluminium Output

The so-called Amperage Creep project is one of two important initiatives launched by the company with the aim of optimising energy efficiency and productivity at its giant smelter located in Sohar Industrial Area. The other initiative concerns a comprehensive revamp of the potline designed to achieve a reduction in energy consumption, according to a top official. “During the last two years, SA initiated an upgrade of the pot lining, thereby opening new avenues in terms of current efficiency and operating amperage. The full deployment of these new state-of-the-art pots will be achieved by the end of the year. This will lead to new production levels for SA,“ said Said Mohammed al Masoudi, CEO. Established in 2004, the USA 2,4 billion venture is the product of a partnership between Oman Oil Company (40 %), Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC-TAQA (a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority) (40 %) and Rio Tinto Alcan, a global leader in aluminium. SA produces 375000 t/a of primary aluminium in the form of hot metal, ingots and sows from its world-class 1,2 km potline consisting of 360 pots using state-of-the-art Aluminium Pechiney technology (AP3X). The smelter itself is powered by a 1000 MW combined-cycle captive power generation facility designed and built by Alstom and owned by SA. Since it came on stream in June 2008, SA has been playing a pivotal role in the development of aluminium transformation industries in Sohar. The company has committed 60 % of its hot metal output for use by local downstream industries in the manufacture of a variety of aluminium-based products.

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