The Venezuelan government has made equipment and
installation investments totaling 22 million bolivares ($3.5
million) at CVG Aluminio del Caroní SA (Alcasa),
according to local media reports.
aluminum producer intends to restart 230 electrolytic cells,
putting a total of 389 in operation by 2014, and achieve
primary annual aluminum output of 170,000 tonnes.
"From this 170,000
tonnes, well be able to transform 152,000 into
semifinished and finished products," Alcasa president
Ángel Marcano said in February.
Alcasa was heavily
affected by an energy crisis in Venezuela in 2010-11, which led
the company to shut down more than half of its then-600 cells
as part of a program to save energy, according to local
newspaper El Universal.
Alcasa is based in the
Guayana region, 325 miles from the capital of Caracas.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.