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Aluminium News

Nothing to suggest that stable aluminium prices will move up or down significantly

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2007 London-based Natixis Commodity Markets (NCM) projects a relatively balanced aluminium market this year, with the deficit expected at 50 000 t for 2007, compared to last year’s 357 000 tons. 

Shield granted another prospecting permit in Mauritania

By: Matthew Hill     4th July 2007 ASX-listed explorer Shield Mining (Shield) announced on Wednesday that it had received yet another permit to search for gold and base metals in Mauritania. 

Proposed Richards Bay HF acid plant could process Metorex, Sallies feedstock blend

By: Matthew Hill     11th June 2007 JSE-listed fluorspar-miner Sallies could supply as much as one-fifth of the feedstock required by a proposed hydrofluoric (HF) acid plant that has been mooted for Richards Bay, or some 14 000 t/y, a manager of the project said on Monday. 

Ready to execute aluminium expansion

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom has indicated to BHP Billiton it may have power to facilitate the expansion of the two largest of Southern Africa's three operating aluminium smelters in five to six years' time, BHP Billiton Aluminium Southern Africa COO Dr Xolani... 

Aspiring to 65%-75% empowerment - Greve

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 Diversified mining company BHP Billiton�s South African operations are now 36% black economically empowered (BEE) in accordance with the latest Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Codes of Good Practice, strategy and business development vice president Ken Greve tells Mining Weekly. 

World's largest mining company's SA operations scoring on two BEE fronts

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 The black economic empowerment (BEE) strategy of diversified mining company BHP Billiton's South African operations is to obtain BEE credits on two fronts. 

Costs remain challenge, says manganese president

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 Cost pressures in the Kalahari remain a concern, says BHP Billiton manganese president Peter Beaven. The manganese industry is growing on the back of the growing global steel industry and a great opportunity exists for South Africa to take advantage of this. 

Alcoa launches $33bn bid for rival Alcan

By: Matthew Hill     7th May 2007 One of the world’s biggest aluminium producers, Alcoa, on Monday announced that it would make an offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of competitor Alcan for $33-billion, or nearly R230-billion, in cash and shares.  

BHP Billiton reports record production levels

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 Global diversified resources group BHP Billiton reported record production for the first nine months of its financial year, underpinned by strong customer demand, the company said in a report on Tuesday. 

Hulett-Aluminium becomes ‘Hulamin’, unveils new logo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2007 South African aluminium producer Hulett Aluminium, which is to be unbundled and separately listed from parent Tongaat-Hulett, will be known simply as ‘Hulamin’, the company announced on Friday. 

Shanghai copper 1,2% lower on China rate rise

By: Archivist     19th March 2007 Shanghai copper prices ended 1,2% lower on Monday, under pressure after China raised interest rates, sparking fears that demand from the world's largest copper consumer could ease. 

Power incentive extended to $2,7bn Coega aluminium project locks in market-development and pricing commitment

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2006 Aluminium is often described as ‘congealed electricity’ for the simple reason that, while a number of other rawmaterials (including refinedalumina, petroleum coke, liquid pitch, aluminium fluoride and heavy fuel oil) are used in its production, well-priced electricity makes or breaks... 

Omai Bauxite mine, South America 

By: Carla Thomaz     27th October 2006 Name: Omai bauxite mine. Location: The Omai bauxite operation is located 100 km south of Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Brief history: The Guyana bauxite industry stagnated in the 1950s, returning only in 1960 through the production of refractory A-grade super-calcined bauxite. Until 1971,... 

Exports of aluminium scrap to China undermining beneficiation goal

By: Laura Tyrer     25th August 2006 Local scrap aluminium beneficiation is losing out as a result of China’s duty free import of scrap aluminium and taxation on imported aluminium ingots, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA’s) Dr Tony Paterson. 

Ghana bauxite mine and alumina refinery

28th July 2006 Alcan and the Republic of Ghana have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture to explore the feasibility of developing a bauxite mine and alumina refinery, with an initial capacity of 1,2-million to 1,5-million metric tons a year. 

Ghana bauxite mine and alumina refinery

21st July 2006 Alcan and the Republic of Ghana have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture to explore the feasibility of developing a bauxite mine and alumina refinery, with an initial capacity of 1,2-million to 1,5-million metric tons a year. 

Aluminium aspirations

By: Jade Davenport     19th May 2006 The light metals division of Hatch’s mining and metals portfolio recently completed the feasibility study for the Coega Aluminium Smelter. 

US corporation seeks to strengthen position in key Asian markets

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 With the Chinese economy continuing to grow at twice the global average, US aluminium group Alcoa is determined to strengthen its place in that market. 

US giant insists that demand will continue to outstrip supply

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2006 Aluminium faces a glowing future. 

'If we had the electricity, we could go ahead with Mozal III and Hillside III+'

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2006 The south-east coast of Africa, running from southern Moz-ambique down through South Africa, can well be designated the ‘aluminium coast’, with major smelters for the metal in full production at Maputo (Mozal), Richards Bay (Hillside and Bayside) and hopes for another to be... 

China to remain big aluminium-demand driver

By: peter cromberge     9th December 2005 China’s appetite for raw materials is growing at a hungry rate - the associated swell in demand for raw materials is bringing a festive dose of profits and smiles to many global raw materials companies. 

Power tarrifs hold key

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 World number-five aluminium producer BHP Billiton said last week that it would push for ‘economic’ rather than ‘cheap’ electricity rates for its planned Mozal 3 expansion, in Mozambique. 

Rusal says production up year-on-year

21st October 2005 Aluminium producer Rusal yesterday reported production results for the first nine months of 2005, with growth in all product lines, including a 15,3% and a 23,7% increase in bauxite and alumina output, respectively. 

Stormy waters

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 12 days after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf of Mexico, 125 oil and gas production platforms & 5 rigs remained shut down; but production was expected back in weeks. 

Rusal appoints new director

9th September 2005 Global aluminum producer Rusal yesterday announced the appointment of Vyacheslav Krylov as MD of company's Extruded Products division. 

Era of commodity-linked power tariffs ends

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2005 South Africa's State-owned power utility, Eskom, has confirmed that it will enter into talks with some of its key customers in the metals sector in a bid to restructure and, where possible, move away from, commodity-linked electricity-tariff agreements. 

Global Alumina project

10th June 2005 The company is undertaking the development, finance and construction of a 2,8 million t/y alumina refinery. In addition to the greenfield refinery there are plans to develop, finance and construct a coal-fired power plant and water-supply dam as well as upgrade existing railway and port... 

Brazilan giant confident that iron-ore prices will remain high

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 BRAZILIAN mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the world’s biggest iron ore producer, is confident that the price of iron ore will remain high until 2006. 

Russia poised to make global resources impact

By: Helene Le Roux     22nd April 2005 The next global resources company could emerge from Russia and the CIS.?This is the belief held by Russian aluminium company, Sual, president and South African mining industry luminary Brian Gilbertson. 

Russian aluminium group reports output growth

15th April 2005 Russian aluminum producer Rusal’s first quarter results are marked by what it calls “significant growth in value-added casthouse products”. 

Coega one of four possible sites for Russian smelter

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2005 South African mining-industry luminary Brian Gilbertson, who for the last nine months has been heading Russia's second-largest aluminium group, Sual, yesterday confirmed that Coega, in the Eastern Cape, was one of four prospective sites for a possible new aluminium smelter investment. 

Russian aluminium group back-integrates with Aussie buy

5th April 2005 Leading aluminium producer Rusal of Russia has purchased 20% of Australia's Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL), the world's largest alumina refinery, from Kaiser Aluminium. 

Aluminium mining skips are being used underground

1st April 2005 Underground mining represents a complicated transport environment. 

Resources giant's strong Aussie-Africa ties

By: abdul cook     28th January 2005 Mid-2001 saw the merger of Australia’s BHP Limited and UK-headquartered Billiton Plc to form BHP Billiton. 

Rusal reports growth in key production areas

28th October 2004 Russia's Rusal, one of the world's leading aluminium companies, yesterday announced growth in output across all of its main product lines in the period to the end of September. 

Group awarded Guinea alumina contract

25th October 2004 Process solution group Honeywell last week reported it has contracted to work side-by-side with Global Alumina Products Corporation (Gapco) for a multi-year automation project on the construction of Gapco's proposed greenfield alumina refinery in Guinea. 

Zimbabwe nickel-mine invests in ERP system

8th October 2004 Global technology partner Mincom is currently rolling out an enterprise resource planning solution at Bindura Nickel Mining and Smelting, in Zimbabwe. 

Loan to boost Russian bauxite production

9th August 2004 The International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have each signed a $75-million loan agreement that will provide Russia’s privately-owned SUAL group a total of $150-million to boost Russian... 

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