The contract includes equipment and technology to produce aluminium rolling ingot and extrusion billet at the casting complex in Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia. The complex is currently under construction and scheduled to start production in 2013.
The greenfield smelter and rolling mill comprise the first of two phases of this project. It will combine Saudi Arabia’s bauxite and energy resources with Alcoa know-how to create the world’s largest and integrated aluminum manufacturing complex.
The rolling mill will be the region’s first and will produce can stock, end stock and tab stock for the regional market. It will have initial hot-mill capacity of between 250kt – 450kt/y.
The new contract for the casting complex supply includes Wagstaff ingot and billet casting systems, as well as integrated automated controls.
The casting facility will also feature Alcoa’s ingot casting technology which yields surface finish to rolling ingots with gains in rolling efficiency and product quality.