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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Europe: July 15th 2003


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:: Sayanogorsk Advances

Rusal, the world's second-largest primary aluminium producer~ has selected the Hatch Group to design and build the 270,000 tly expansion at its Sayanogorsk smelter in the Russian Republic of Khakassia (MJ, April 11, p.259). Under the terms of the contract, Hatch will be responsible for engineering, procurement and project management. Hatch will be assisted by the All Russia Aluminium and Magnesium Institute (VAMI). Design work on the project will begin next month, with initial site preparation scheduled to begin in March 2004. Construction is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2006, and the project will cost approximately US$700 million.

Rusal says that the project will combine Hatch's 'know-how' with its own modified C-255 pot technology. The C-255 pre-baked anode technology is already in use at Sayanogorsk, and Rusal has increased the current used on some of the potlines from the original 255 kA to 270 kA. The modified version of the technology that will be used in the expansion has the potential to operate at 300 kA. The expansion will take the form of two potlines totalling 384 pots. Rusal has appointed Daniel Siouffi as project director for the expansion. Prior to his joining Rusal, Mr Siouffi was employed by Bechtel Corp. as the project director for the Aluminium Bahrain smelter expansion project. Rusal says that the expansion will comply with the latest international environmental standards and that its environmental impact assessment is being prepared, and is scheduled for completion shortly. This will be followed by a full review (environment, health and safety etc) of the project by the Russian Government, Rusal is confident that outcome of this assessment will be positive.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Spencer Abraham, the US Secretary of Energy, said that some US$110 million of public and private funds are being spent on 65 sequestration projects across the US, and that the research budget for carbon sequestration in the US has been increased by 50% to US$62 million for the 2003 financial year. Mr Abraham said that he believes that the combining of knowledge, experience and capital resources through the CSLF at an early stage will accelerate progress and eliminate duplication of effort. It will save money and lead to common solutions applicable in a variety of circumstance. "The benefits of a multi-lateral approach will be even more obvious and compelling when we finally reach our goals: when we have developed practical carbon-sequestration technologies. Those accomplishments will gnarantee the beneficial use of a virtually inexhaustible world supply of coal."




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