Tinto Plcs second-quarter aluminum output was up 7
percent year on year following resolution of a lockout at its
Alma operation and a power outage at Shawinigan, both in
"Production at Alma
reached full capacity in the first quarter of 2013," the miner
said July 16.
Rio Tinto produced
901,000 tonnes of aluminum in the second quarter, including
output from its Pacific Aluminium division, Rio Tinto Alcan
Inc. and two other smelters.
Rio Tinto Alcans
second-quarter aluminum production of 605,000 tonnes rose 15
percent year on year and 2 percent quarter on quarter.
But Pacific Aluminium
and the companys other aluminum smelters saw output fall
to 296,000 tonnes.
Rio Tinto, which has
been looking to divest some of its non-core aluminum assets,
recently said it had received offers for its two unprofitable
French smelters from Germanys biggest aluminum producer,
Trimet Aluminium AG (
amm.com, July 15).
second-quarter alumina output of 2.25 million tonnes rose 2
percent year on year and 3 percent quarter on quarter, while
alumina output at Rio Tinto Alcan rose 15 percent and 12
percent, respectively, in the same comparisons to 1.78 million
second-quarter bauxite output rose 16 percent year on year to
10.96 million tonnes and was 15 percent vs. the first quarter
of 2013, while that at Rio Tinto Alcan rose 21 percent and 19
percent in the same comparisons to 9.1 million tonnes.
Looking forward, Rio
Tinto Alcan cut its 2013 alumina production forecast but raised
its bauxite output forecast. The company expects to produce 34
million tonnes of bauxite, 7.3 million tonnes of alumina and
2.5 million tonnes of aluminum in 2013. These numbers exclude
Pacific Aluminium and other aluminum assets that have been
identified for divestment or closure.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal