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Saudi Maaden restarts aluminum plant production line

The company had shut one of its smelting lines in mid-October due to problems that encountered a production ramp up

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Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has restarted one of the two potlines at its new aluminum smelter in Saudi Arabia, the company said on Sunday.

The $10.8-billion aluminum plant at Ras al-Khair, a joint venture between Maaden and U.S.-based Alcoa, shut one of its smelting lines in mid-October due to problems encountered during a ramp up of production.

“The ramp up and increase of the first potline production is expected to reach production capacity within the second quarter of 2014,” Maaden said in a Saudi stock market statement. It did not say when production resumed.

The other potline, a series of containers used to smelt aluminum, did not have to shut during its initial ramp up. The two lines have a combined production capacity of 740,000 tonnes a year of aluminum.