Sohar Aluminium is served by an impressive and comprehensive infrastructure which reflects its stature as a global leader in aluminium production. Its facilities include a Smelter which utilises advanced technology and employs the best practices along with a dedicated Power Plant and Port facility.
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Sohar Aluminium has a single 1.2 km long potline and was the first smelter in the world to implement Rio Tinto Alcan's benchmark AP36 smelting technology – one of the most energy efficient and productive smelting technologies commercially available. With an operating current of 375kA Sohar Aluminium produces 375,000 metric tons of high purity aluminium per annum.
The Smelter has on onsite Anode Plant producing anodes to ensure maximum efficiency to the Smelter.
The Casthouse has state-of-the-art ingot and sow caster technology, casting 27mt per hour and 25mt per hour respectively.
The Sohar Aluminium Power Plant lies at the core of Sohar Aluminium's operations. It is a state-of-the-art 1,000 MW combined cycle, captive power plant. The Power Plant achieves close to 50% efficiency in converting gas energy into electricity while meeting the stringent requirements set out by Oman's environmental agency (MECA).
Strategically positioned to maximize access to the region's plentiful natural gas reserves whilst accessing the Gulf of Oman for cooling purposes, Sohar Aluminium Power Plant excels by achieving high levels of efficiency, reliability and availability of power whilst ensuring low emissions, operating costs and environmental impact.
In addition to the power plant facility, there is also a seawater pumping station for delivering cooling water for steam condensing as well as desalination facilities to supply water to the smelter and power plant sites.
The Fastest Growing Port
Situated within the Sohar Industrial Port Complex, a joint venture between the Government of Oman and the Port of Rotterdam, Sohar Aluminium has its own dedicated port facility that supports vessels with a capacity of up to 75,000 mt for receiving raw materials and for exporting primary aluminium.
The port facility includes a bulk material ship unloader with connecting conveyors and a range of silos for storing alumina (2 x 60,000mt), petroleum coke (2 x 15,000mt) and liquid pitch (2 x 5,000mt).