Tag Archives: Maaden

Alcoa steps a little further away

Alcoa has announced it is selling its share of the Mt Holly aluminium smelter to Century Aluminum. Mt. Holly, in South Carolina and with output of about 229,000t, was 50.3% owned by Alcoa. It marks another small step in Alcoa’s trajectory away from primary metal. Alcoa has closed high-cost smelters but introduced only the Ma’aden Continue Reading

Ma’aden – the fallout continues

Following the posts on this blog combined with several discussions on Linkedin, some people have chosen not to express their views in public, but have written to me on a 1-to-1 basis. The most common thread among the private responses has been: Only a full investigation will truly determine all the contributing factors, their sequence, Continue Reading

Ma’aden – one pot kills 360

We are hearing that one problem at one pot eventually brought the whole line down. We understand that Pot A48 had a problem with the pot controller. The pot controller would not respond when the operators tried to reset it.   Eventually they had no choice but to hit the emergency stop button for the Continue Reading

Ma’aden potline down

Alcoa has announced overnight that they have had to shut the potline at their flagship smelter in Saudi Arabia.   No specific reason was given other than “pot instability”. Ma’aden has AP37 pots, so it’s a well-established technology.   Pot instability can mean anything, from electrical problems, carbon/anode problems to poor worker disciplines.   We Continue Reading

Ma’aden’s first metal

Congratulations to Alcoa and Ma’aden on the announcement of the first pot coming on line at the new Saudi Arabian smelter. According to the press release, the smelter will have an annual capacity of 740,000t once phase 1 is fully operational. There was some conjecture doing the rounds of the recent ARABAL conference that Ma’aden Continue Reading

Alcoa cuts Maaden stake to 25%

Source: Benzinga Alcoa, Inc. is cutting its stake in a planned aluminium complex in Saudi Arabia its partner announced today. Maaden, the main stakeholder in the project, said Alcoa cut its stake to 25.1 percent from 40 percent in the joint venture. Last December Alcoa touted its venture with the Saudi Arabian company saying it Continue Reading

Alumina invests $US120m in Saudi Arabia aluminium project

ALUMINA says it will contribute about $US120 million ($134.8m) toward the development of a $US10.8 billion aluminium project in Saudi Arabia. Alumina’s joint venture partner, Alcoa, is teaming up with Saudi Arabian Mining Co, better known as Ma’aden, to develop an aluminium complex featuring bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting. The deal will see Continue Reading