UC RUSAL Nikolaev Alumina Refinery Hits Record Production In 2011
The output increase in 2011 was also made possible through implementation of RUSAL’s production system, raising equipment utilization ratio by 2,6 % in 2011 as compared to 2010. This is one of the most notable achievements in the refinery’s 31-years history. In last 11 years, the refinery has constantly extended its production volumes culminating in record levels this year. These record levels were reached following a USD 350 million CAPEX programme that has been undertaken at the refinery since 2000, resulting in significant upgrades to the refinery’s facilities. In particular, the lime-burning kiln has been reconstructed with its conversion to heating gas, fifth calcination kiln has been built and the captive power plant has been reconstructed. In 2010, the Nikolaev alumina refinery produced 1,534 Mt alumina, with a 1,57 Mt total production capacity (12/2011).