Sohar Aluminum to expand capacity to one million tonnes by 2020


Sohar Aluminium (SA) is set to enhance its process efficiencies by optimizing operations of its smelters for value creation.

The company plans to expand smelter capacity to one million tonnes by 2020 from the current 375,000 tonnes.

Mike Otero, Supply Chain Manager, Sohar Aluminium, said the company makes primary aluminium and supplies 50 per cent of its products to downstream projects in the Sultanate of Oman and the remaining 50 per cent is exported to Asian countries.

“Our operations department, supported by the environment, health and safety department, has made modifications to our technology, engineering controls and work practices, which will yield outstanding results,” he said.

Mike said extreme price volatility is the challenge faced by the industry as of now. “At present, prices are low, hovering at around $1,750 per tonne,” he remarked.

Sohar Aluminium, formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman, is jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC – TAQA and Rio Tinto Alcan.