Hydro ASA has declared force majeure on alumina
deliveries from its Alumina do Norte do Basil SA (Alunorte)
alumina refinery in Brazil due to power outages that led to
lower production, the company said June 12.
"Hydro issued a notice
of force majeure to its alumina customers on (June
12), as power outages and lowered production at the Alunorte
alumina refinery may affect alumina deliveries to customers,"
it said. "It is currently not possible to determine or estimate
whether and how deliveries to customers will be affected."
Alunorte, the largest
alumina refinery in the world with a capacity of 6.3 million
tonnes per year, has suffered from power shortages throughout
the second quarter. It saw blackouts on May 18 and June 2 due
to "unexpected external events" and has been unable to return
to full production since.
will be lower in the second quarter than levels observed in the
first quarter, and is expected to remain unsatisfactory for the
rest of the year," Oslo, Norway-based Norsk Hydro said. "As a
general measure, Hydro has established a team of experts aiming
to stabilize and increase production at the refinery."
A version of this
article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal