Rusal to modernize production at SAZ smelter

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Russia’s aluminium producer Rusal will invest USD190m in modernizing the production of its Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter (SAZ) between 2020 and 2023.

Apart from the positive economic effect this investment will bring, the modernization programme will also help reduce the smelter’s environmental impact. The reconstruction of three anode baking furnaces at SAZ will be carried out in line with the best eco-friendly technologies using equipment from the Riedhammer in Germany. The project will significantly improve the quality of the anodes and the energy efficiency indicators. Moreover, the anode baking area will be equipped with new digital systems, and the information on the operations of the three furnaces will be transmitted to a unified control panel.

Modernization will improve energy efficiency 

“Today the Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter is one of Rusal’s most modern and technologically advanced enterprises. In addition to increasing the energy efficiency of the smelter, the implementation of the project to modernize the production of electrodes will also contribute to reducing the impact of the plant on the environment. Moreover, upon completing the upgrade of the furnaces, SAZ will be able to increase the production of fired anodes for the company’s smelters to secure the supply of our own high quality raw materials,” said Rusal CEO Evgenii Nikitin.

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