Chalco resumes full production at alumina plant following pollution incident

Aluminum Corp of China (Chalco) has resumed full production at its subsidiary Shanxi Huaxing Aluminium following an accidental pulp leakage at the latter’s alumina plant, a Chalco spokesman told Metal Bulletin last week.

“The [accidental] leakage […] was caused by a sudden [breakdown in equipment at Shanxi Huaxing’s] refinery […], resulting in a reduction [in] regular alumina production,” the spokesman said.
“In order to reduce the impact of the accident and damage to the local environment, we [halted the affected] equipment […], resulting in a temporary [loss in] production of 940 tonnes of alumina,” the spokesman explained.
“We have [made repairs], and production of alumina [at] Shanxi Huaxing is back to normal now,” the spokesman said.
“Given that the leakage was […] accidental and [a rare] case, the local government hasn’t [requested] Shanxi Huaxing to halt or reduce production,” the spokesman added.
Shanxi Huaxing’s alumina operation had a first phase capacity of 800,000 tpy, according to a report filed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on March 25 2014.

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Susan Zou

December 27, 2016

05:15 GMT

Shanghai