Metals News:   To increase Iran’s aluminium production to 1.5 million tonnes per year by 2025; Iranian Mining and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) is considering investing in some projects such as Petroleum Coke Project, Persian Gulf Alumina Project, SBDT Bauxite Mine, Sarab Nephelin Syenite, South Aluminum and Iran Alumina Company.

There are  also some newly defined projects in Upstream Aluminum includes two smelters and an anode plant and some projects in Downstream Aluminum includes four downstream aluminum plants to produce semi-finished and finished products. The report is briefing these projects.

Petroleum Coke Project ­ (EUR 500 million)

The target is to produce approximately 200 thousand tonnes per year of calcined petroleum coke usable in aluminum smelting industry and to produce other by-products such as LPG, Naphtha and Gas oil. The feed is vacuum bottom of local oil refineries. Th­e feasibility studies are done; however Imidro is planning to prepare a bankable feasibility study by an international consultant.  A land is designated for the project in Arvand Free Zone in Khuzestan Province and 27 thousand barrels of feed per day from two local oil refineries have been allocated for the   plant by the Ministry of Petroleum.  ­The environmental permissions have been issued. 

Persian Gulf Alumina Project (EUR 1.5 billion)

­The target is to produce 1.6 million tonnes per year of alumina powder from imported bauxite. The bauxite is to be imported from Imidro’s mine in Guinea Conakry however options of bauxite supply from other mines are also considered. The project is ready to go to EPCF   tender   or investment. 

SBDT Bauxite Mine (EUR 505 million)

­The target is extraction of 4 million tonnes of bauxite per year from SBDT’s Dabola and Tougue bauxite mines in Guinea Conakry. SBDT is a joint venture between Imidro (51%) and Guinean   government (49%). Th­e bauxite will be transported in slurry form by pipes from mine to the port (325 kilometers) where a jetty, loading and dewatering facilities will be built.  Th­e bankable feasibility studies are being prepared by a credible European company. 

Sarab Nephelin Syenite (EUR 850 million)

­The target is to produce 200 thousand tonnes of alumina from nepheline syenite, industrial salts (carbonates and sulphates) and a 3-million cement plant from belite mud. Th­e project has an allocated land, its own nepheline syenite and lime mines.

The required infrastructures (power, gas and water) have been installed and some are complete. Most of critical permissions are received. Administrative buildings are built too. In 2014, a contract for basic engineering of the plant was awarded to Outotec as one of the few technology owners of this exclusive process. The negotiations are underway with EPCF contractors to find a solution to construct the project.

South Aluminium (USD 1.5 billion)

­The target is to produce 300 thousand tonnes per year of aluminium ingot and billets. Th­e EPCF contractor is NFC of China and the technology is SY430 of China. Th­e construction has been started in December 2015 and the first hot metal will be produced in Q3 of 2018. 

Iran Alumina Company

­The company has an operational bauxite mine and an alumina refinery of annual production   of 700 thousand tones and 250 thousand tonnes respectively. An aluminium smelter of 36,600 tonnes to be developed to 110 thousand tonnes later is under construction with around 55% of progress.

Newly Defined Projects

1-Upstream Aluminium: Two smelters and an anode plant

- Two  350 thousand tonnes smelters with  1000 MW captive power plants of their own have  been defined and Imidro is now looking for EPCF contractors and investors. ­The technology would be 400-kA. (EUR 2 billion each)

- An Anode plant with 400 thousand tonnes of capacity enough for 700 thousand tonnes of primary aluminium to produce. (EUR 450 million)

2- Downstream Aluminium: Four downstream aluminium plants to produce semi-finished and finished products have been defined. (USD1 billion)

- Two Aluminium Billet  plants  of  50 thousand and 150 thousand tonnes of capacity: ­the  target  is to use molten aluminium or ingots from close smelters to produce alloys series (6000) cast in shape of billets with diameters of  512 inches  and  max  7 meters longitude.

- One  Aluminium  Wire  and  Rod  plant  with 50,000  tones  of  capacity:  th­e  target  is  to  use molten aluminium or ingots from close smelters to produce alloys of 1000, 6000, 8000 cast and rolled in  shape  of  rods  and  later  drawn  into  conducting cables (overhead  transmissions)   and building wiring (civil structures). ­The rod will be 9.523 mm in diameter. Half of the rod capacity will be used to produce cables ACSR, AACSR, AAC, AAAC and OPGW.

- One FRP (Flat Rolled Products) plant with 200 thousand tonnes of capacity (expandable to 400,000): Th­e target is to produce rolled products in CBS (Can Body Stock), CES (Can End Stock) and Foil and Automotive.

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