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Sohar Aluminium Plans to Double Production Capacity

The Ministry of Oil and Gas will take a final decision before November this year on whether gas will be available for the proposed capacity expansion. If the company gets natural gas, the expansion project will be completed within three years.  The average annual compounded growth in demand for aluminium in Middle East region is estimated at 6 % until 2020. With the current production of aluminium, around three to four plants of the size of Sohar Aluminium are needed to meet the world demand. The projected aluminium demand in the region is 10 Mt/a, the present installed capacity is 4,2 Mt. Sohar Aluminium is the first smelter in the world to implement Rio Tinto Alcan’s benchmark AP36 smelting technology. Government’s investment arm Oman Oil Company and Abu Dhabi-based TAQA have a stake of 40 % each in Sohar Aluminium, while the remaining 20 % is held by Rio Tinto Alcan (06/2011).

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