NEW YORK Noranda Aluminum
Corp. does not anticipate any impact from low water levels on
the Mississippi River.
"The section (of the Mississippi
River) theyre talking about is north of us, from St.
Louis to Cairo, Ohio," a Noranda spokesman told AMM.
"We dont have any barge traffic, incoming or outgoing,
that goes into that part of the river."
Noranda uses the Mississippi
River primarily to transport coke and alumina from its alumina
refinery in Gramercy, La., and only sparingly to transport
aluminum from its smelter in New Madrid, Mo., the spokesman
added. "We use the river for coke and alumina and both of those
come from south Louisiana. We ship out on barges sometimes for
aluminum, but its rare."
If water levels continue to fall
and parts of the river are shut, Noranda would turn to rail to
transport its alumina and coke. "Ifand this is a big
ifthe river closes south and we cannot get barges
through, ... rail is the only option. There arent enough
trucks," the spokesman said. "But we are not worried about
Century Aluminum Co. also does
not anticipate any delays in shipping from its Hawesville, Ky.,
smelter, a spokeswoman told AMM.