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No decision yet by Century on Sebree marketing deal

Keywords: Tags  aluminum, Century Aluminum, Rio Tinto Alcan, Glencore Xstrata, Sebree, sales contract, contract negotiation, marketing commercial agreement

CHICAGO — Century Aluminum Co. is still in negotiations over which company will market product from its Sebree, Ky., facility after the end of the year.

"No decision has been made," a spokesman for Chicago-based Century said in an Aug. 27 e-mail to AMM. He did not provide a timeline for talks or indicate when a deal might be announced.

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., which is handling commercial arrangements for the Sebree facility this year, is negotiating with Century about sales agreements for 2014 and beyond, a spokesman for Rio Tinto Alcan said, declining to comment further.

Century Aluminum acquired the Sebree facility from Montreal-based Rio Tinto Alcan in June (, June 3). The two sides agreed that Rio Tinto Alcan would sell product from Sebree for the balance of 2013, although Rio Tinto Alcan would like to continue to market billet and ingot from the facility beyond the end of the year (, May 10).

Some market sources are concerned that they don’t know who they will be dealing with in 2014, noting that discussions between Century and Rio Tinto Alcan have stretched uncomfortably close into contract-negotiation season.

Some market participants have suggested that Baar, Switzerland-based Glencore Xstrata Plc, Century’s largest shareholder, could replace Rio Tinto in handling commercial agreements for Sebree (, Aug. 20). A Glencore Xstrata spokesman referred questions on Sebree to Century Aluminum.

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