NEW YORK Noranda Aluminum
Holding Corp. has resumed alumina production at its Gramercy,
La., refinery after temporarily halting operations due to
Hurricane Isaac and anticipates a return to full production in
the second half of September.
Noranda reduced operating levels
on Aug. 28 ahead of the storm, a spokesman told AMM.
Over the next few days, the storm caused power generation
disruptions, forcing Noranda to halt alumina production
Following a damage assessment,
power was restored on Aug. 31, allowing employees to safely
begin the restart process on Sept. 1.
As of Sept. 6, the refinery was
back to about 75 percent of normal flow rates, and Noranda said
it expects the refinery will return to full production later
"Noranda is working
cooperatively with its alumina customers to serve their needs,"
the company said in a statement.
Franklin, Tenn.-based Noranda
said it does not expect the outage at Gramercy, which has an
annual alumina capacity of 1.2 million tonnes, to disrupt
aluminum production at its New Madrid, Mo., smelter.