The first five months of the current Iranian year showed a tremendous year-on-year rise in aluminium production, rising by a full 10 percent for the period between March 21 and August 21.
Iranian state media reported yesterday that the trio of the country’s aluminium producers combined to produce 151,691 tons of primary aluminium and aluminium products in the period.
Iranian Aluminium Company (IRALCO) led the way by turning out 74,764 tons of aluminium, Hormozgan Aluminum (Hormozal) turned out 47,286 tons of aluminium, and Al-Mahdi Aluminum chipped in with 29,641 tons of aluminium in the period.
The country’s production total in the first five months of the year reportedly surpassed that of the entirety of the previous year, which was reported to be 137,473 tons.
Bauxite production by IRALCO in the period totaled 363,300 tons. The company’s plant in Jajarm, North Khorasan also churned out 102,268 tons of alumina and 102,268 tons of aluminium hydrates through August 21.
Iran’s present aluminium capacity is estimated to be 457 thousand metric tons per annum, though around 20 thousand metric tons per annum is idled at the moment due, in part, to environmental concerns. 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.