Century Aluminum restarting idled potline

Dec 07, 2010 | 09:28 AM |

Century Aluminum Co. plans to restart an idled potline at its Hawesville, Ky., smelter during the first quarter, increasing capacity by 4,370 tonnes per month.

The potline was shut in March 2009 due to high costs and depressed aluminum prices. The five potlines at the smelter have a total capacity of about 250,000 tonnes per year.

"The Hawesville smelter is cost challenged," a company spokesman told AMM. "This is really a step to reduce the unit cost of production," spreading the fixed costs of production over the five potlines, rather than meeting higher demand for aluminum. ....

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