Romanian Aluminum Producer Increases Scrap Processing Capacity

Alro S.A., one of the largest aluminum producers in Continental Europe (excluding Russia and Scandinavia) has launched an investment program of more than 53 million US-Dollar.

This program for 2016 includes the expansion of scrap processing capacity of Eco Cast House, such as to reach a capacity of 90,000 tons per year. In addition, the company invests in increasing the energy efficiency of the existing processes. The measures, part of Alro’s energy efficiency plan, were agreed with the accredited energy efficiency auditor and notified to the competent authorities. Thus, Alro will commission a new line of aluminum scrap processing, with a capacity of 60,000 tons per year.

As reported, the company has built a new station, Eco Cast House, to provide some of the liquid aluminum from alternative sources, partially replacing the aluminum produced by electrolysis, a process that requires a significant consumption of electricity. “Thanks to the investments made over the last ten years, Alro has reached 99 percent of the maximum possible efficiency of the electrolysis sector,” the producer explained. “This result is presented in the study ‘Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Effect Emissions: Possible Scenarios for the Aluminium Industry’ published last year by the Joint Research Center, at the request of the European Commission. The study emphasizes that Alro has implemented three out of four possible phases for optimizing the electrolysis process and was ranked fourth among 18 plants in Europe.”

Alro S.A. is subsidiary of Vimetco N.V., a global, vertically-integrated primary and processed aluminum producer. The Romanian-based company has an installed production capacity of 265,000 tons per year.

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