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Rusal Invests in Calcined Coke Production.

UC RUSAL, a large Moscow-based aluminum producer, recently launched a new $23.7 million calciner at the Irkutsk aluminum smelter. In 2015, the company decided to upgrade the No. 2 calciner at IrkAZ to produce 72,000 metric tons per year (mtpy) of calcined coke for the Sayanogorsk aluminum smelter for baked anodes.

"By increasing our in-house capacity for calcined coke production, Rusal will be able to gradually abandon the supplies from third parties and cut costs by $8 million a year," said Evgeny Nikitin, head of Rusal aluminum business. "The company is planning to further increase its petroleum coke production, thus allowing RUSAL to completely abandon its imported supplies in two to three years."

Currently, Russia has limited calcination capacity and, as a result, customers of calcined coke are forced to purchase the finished product in China at high prices. Rusal's calcination capacity includes IrkAZ as well as the Bratsk and Krasnoyarsk aluminum smelters. At year-end 2016, BrAZ and KrAZ produced about 800,000 mt of calcined coke, which satisfied 61% of the demand of Rusal's aluminum smelters. Following the launch of calciner No. 2 at IrkAZ, Rusal's self-sufficiency will increase to 71%.

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Title Annotation:WORLD NEWS
Publication:Coal Age (1996)
Date:Sep 1, 2017
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