Sohar Aluminium assessing restart; no panic in quiet market

Sohar Aluminium has put together a team of industry experts to assess how quickly metal production at its Oman smelter can be restarted and for a return to full production levels, a spokesman said in a statement late on Thursday August 10.

The company’s operations had been affected by an incident on Friday August 4 – the nature of which has still not been disclosed – at the smelter. This incident "interrupted normal operations and resulted in no injuries recorded," the company said. Sohar is jointly owned by Rio Tinto Alcan (20%), Oman Oil (40%) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (40%). The smelter produced 386,396 tonnes of aluminium in 2016, according to data from the Gulf Aluminium Council. The spokesman at Sohar did not respond to questions on the level of impact to production caused by the incident. "About 200,000 tonnes of Sohar...


Shivani Singh

Vivian Teo

August 11, 2017

11:12 GMT