LONDON Norsk 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.
"Alunorte production 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 Bulletin.