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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Africa: February 10th 2003


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:: Coega Smelter Contract Awarded

Pechiney has awarded Technip-Coflexip and Bateman a general construction and management contract valued at US$600 million for its proposed aluminium smelter at Coega in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. The total investment for the project is estimated at US$1.6 billion. Technip-Coflexip and Bateman will be in charge of the plant construction, including detail engineering as well as supply of equipment and materials. Bechtel will lend technical support to the project. Construction will start as soon as financing is completed, which is planned for the first half of 2004, and full production of approximately 460 kt/y of primary aluminium will be reached in 2006. The new smelter will use Pechiney's latest AP50 technology, which allows lower capital expenditure, shorter construction time, fewer emissions and more productivity than earlier generations of primary aluminium smelters.




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