Iran’s total production of aluminium in the most recent year fell by 11 percent to 301,033 metric tons according to numbers released by Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization last week.
Per the state’s numbers, the country’s main aluminium producer Iran Aluminum Company churned out 170,912 metric tons in the Solar Hijri year 1397 (which ended on March 20), which was level with the prior year’s production total. Hormozal Aluminum Company produced 77,326 metric tons of aluminium last year, which was a 27-percent fall on the year. Almahdi Aluminum Company pitched in 52,795 metric tons of aluminium last year, off by 14 percent over the year prior.
For the final month of the Iranian year the country’s producers delivered 16,544 metric tons of primary aluminium, which was a total 42 percent below that of the year prior.
Iran’s alumina production was essentially level last year, with Iran Alumina Company refining 237,563 metric tons of alumina, 1 percent below the previous year’s total. However, last year’s total refined alumina of 20,698 metric tons represented an 8-percent rise on the year.
At present the country hosts an estimated aluminium smelting capacity of 457 thousand metric tons per annum, with all but 20 thousand metric tons per annum of capacity currently online, and that idled on account of environmental concerns. Iran is planning to increase capacity dramatically in the coming years, aiming for a total of 1.5 million metric tons per annum by 2025.
The country’s sole alumina refinery is owned by Iralco and is located in Jajarm, North Khorasan Province, and has a nameplate capacity of 250 thousand metric tons per annum.