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Production halted at Ma’aden potline

Keywords: Tags  Ma'aden, Alcoa, aluminum, aluminum smelter, Saudi Arabian Mining, aluminum production, potline outage

NEW YORK — Production has been halted at one of two potlines at Alcoa Inc. and Saudi Arabian Mining Co.’s (Ma’aden’s) joint-venture aluminum smelter in Saudi Arabia until next year, Alcoa said Oct. 16.

The temporary shutdown was undertaken after a period of potline instability.

The joint venture is actively working to restore the potline and expects it to be back online between the first and second quarter of 2014, the Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer said. The ramp-up of the second potline was ongoing and will be accelerated, Alcoa added.

Alcoa doesn’t expect the potline shutdown to impact customers.

The mine, refinery and rolling mill at Ma’aden all remain on schedule and aren’t impacted by the potline shutdown.

Alcoa said earlier this month that the Ma’aden smelter is 99-percent complete and is expected to reach full operating capacity of 740,000 tonnes per year in 2014 (, Oct. 8).

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