Mrs Tatyana Smirnova, its Director of Public/Government Relation said: “Each tonne of aluminium produced at ALSCON results in a loss of $886 which leads to monthly loss of $1.6 million by the plant.”

“At the current price of below $1800, around 40% of aluminium production is unprofitable,” she continued.

Smirnova attributed the suspension of production at ALSCON in March to high cost of aluminium.

The company had a gas-fired power plant of its own with capacity of 540 megawatts. The power plant could satisfy the electricity needs of the smelter and also supply excess production to the national grid, however there is no likelihood that ALSCON will resume aluminium production until the power supply issue is resolved.