SHANGHAI, Sept. 6 (SMM) -- Sources report that CHALCO Chongqing's 800 kt/yr alumina project is expected to come online sometime in late October.
The alumina project is located in the Nanchuan District of the Chongqing municipality, and with a total investment of RMB 5.498 billion, will be the largest single investment since Chongqing became an autonomous administrative region. This project is funded internally by CHALCO and is comprised of a first-grade sandy alumina plant with a capacity of 800 kt/yr, a 1.65 million mt/yr mine, a 1.55 million mt/yr ore dressing plant, and a thermal power unit with 37 MW capacity. The project is also considered environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient.
According to earlier media reports, CHALCO Chongqing Branch will form a complete aluminum industrial supply chain by 2012 with alumina capacity of 1.6 million mt/yr, aluminum capacity of 400 kt/yr, and aluminum semis processing capacity of 1 million mt/yr by exploiting the rich bauxite reserves within the Nanchuan District of Chongqing.
CHALCO Chongqing Branch's 800 kt/yr alumina project is one of CHALCO's two alumina projects scheduled for commissioning during 2H 2010, and is expected to produce alumina in November. Another alumina project in Zunyi, Guizhou province, is currently in trials and was originally scheduled to come online by September 15th, but has been delayed later due to technical problems. The commissioning of the two alumina projects will use the low-cost bauxite in southwest China, raising CHALCO's alumina self-sufficiency and lowering average production costs for alumina.
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