The pouring was conducted by Emal and its contractors - AF Carillion, and SNC Lavalin II - in the presence of EMAL senior executives.

Phase II will add 444 reduction cells using DX+ reduction cell technology. Phase II implementation will boost production to approximately 1.3Mt by 2014 and will establish Emal as one of the largest single-site smelters in the world.

Emal’s VP Projects,Yousuf Bastaki, said: “This important milestone has been completed on-schedule and on-budget, and demonstrates the hard work and strong capabilities of Emal and its partners in executing a major expansion with all its attendant challenges.”