COMPANY PROFILE

THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE MIDDLE EAST'S METALS CIRCUIT AND OMAN'S FIRST FORAY INTO THE ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY, SOHAR ALUMINIUM HAS BEEN BREAKING RECORDS SINCE ITS INCEPTION.

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

By implementing decades of industry insight in its design, specification and construction Sohar Aluminium has been created to ensure efficiency, environmental protection and the utmost safety of its workforce. The smelter has an annual production capacity of 375,000 tonnes of high quality Aluminium.

Omanisation, which currently stands at 72% of its workforce, is a driving force within the organisation. The development of its young employees is paramount and with that in mind, Sohar Aluminium has its own internationally recognised training centre which gives each and every employee the opportunity for further learning.

SA is keen on supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and has executed a number of projects to establish and sustain SMEs. 60% of its production is earmarked for consumption by local downstream industries while the rest is exported.

Sohar Aluminium firmly believes in supporting and giving back to the local communities it operates in. Our well established CSR framework ensures we execute a number of projects that impact various sections of the society in a positive manner.

In many ways, Sohar Aluminium’s development mirrors the Sultanate of Oman’s own emergence onto the world stage - driving forward at a formidable pace, but all the while mindful and respectful of its cultural heritage and values. Sohar Aluminium intends to become a benchmark smelter while contributing to the sustainable development of Oman.

Achievements

Formation of Sohar Aluminium September 2004
Shareholders Agreement to found Sohar Aluminium February 2005
Commencement of construction of the smelter and associated facilities January 2006
Start of first pot operating at 350 kA June 2008
First export shipment July 2008
First downstream hot metal delivery August 2008
Achieved full capacity for phase 1 February 2009
Official inauguration of Sohar Aluminium under the auspicious of His Highness Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al-Said April 2009
Technical completion certification June 2009
ISO 9001 Certification for manufacturing of Primary Aluminium December 2009
Production of large anodes March 2010
Ramp-up to 375kA was achieved December 2010
Cumulative 1 million tonne of aluminium produced August 2011
Formation of the social responsibility Foundation, Jusoor by Sohar Aluminium, Orpic and Vale December 2011
ISO 9001 Certification for Power Plant November 2012
Commencement of Amperage Creep Project February 2014
Cumulative 2 million tonnes of aluminium produced June 2014
Key stakeholders’ engagements commenced with community members August 2014
First Pot Changeout Program Completed November 2014
Completion of the GCC’s first Automation Infrastructure Virtualization Project December 2014
Graduation of 55 Omani Multi-functional Technicians from SA Training Institute September 2015
Received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certification February 2016
Sohar Industrial Training Institute certified by Ministry of Manpower July 2016
SA Launched its bilingual Technical Dictionary October 2016
Cumulative 3 million tonnes of aluminium produced January 2017
Operating at 396 kA March 2017
Completion of world’s best Potline recovery January 2018
Capability Test Signoff April 2018
Agreement signed with a new downstream customer allowing SA to meet
its goal of supplying 60% of its hot metal production to local downstream customers
May 2018