TORONTO, Ontario The HATCH GROUP, one of the world's premier engineering enterprises, is working on the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the first aluminum production expansion in 15 years in Russia. Site work is to begin in April at RUSAL's Sayanogorsk aluminum smelter. When the US$700 million project is complete, two new potlines producing 270,000 tonnes/year and 600 new jobs will be created.
Hatch has also won the contract to study the expansion and modernization of Rusal's Friguia alumina refinery in Guinea. Estimated cost of the project is US$350 million to double production to 1.4 million tonnes. It also covers improving environmental performance and reducing operating costs. The feasibility study should be complete at the end of this year.
Rusal is the second largest primary aluminum producer in the world, formed in March 2000 from the merger of a number of large smelters and other aluminum producers located in the CIS. The company accounts for 75% of Russia's primary aluminum output and 10% of the global primary aluminum output. Rusal is headquartered in Moscow.
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