The temporary shutdown was undertaken after a period of pot instability. The JV is actively working to restore the potline, and it is expected to be completed and back online between the first and second quarter of 2014.
The ramp-up of the second potline was ongoing and will now be accelerated.
There is not expected to be any impact to Alcoa’s customers.
There is no impact to any other part of the joint venture project, including the mine, refinery and rolling mill, which all remain on schedule.
For more information on the Ma’aden-Alcoa joint venture project visit: http://www.alcoa.com/saudi_arabia.