United States mines in 2016 produced an estimated $74.6 billion of raw mineral materials, a slight increase from 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday.

The information comes from the 40th annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report, the earliest comprehensive source of 2016 mineral production data for the world. It includes statistics on more than 88 mineral commodities that are important to the U.S. economy and national security. The report identifies events, trends and issues in the domestic and international minerals industries.


“The Mineral Commodity Summaries provide crucial, unbiased statistics that decision makers and policy makers, in both the private and public sectors, rely on to make business decisions and national policy,” said Steven M. Fortier, Director of the USGS National Minerals Information Center. “Industries – such as steel, aerospace and electronics – processed non-fuel mineral materials and created an estimated $2.8 trillion in value added products in 2016, which contributed 15 percent to the total U.S. Gross Domestic Product.”


One key finding from the report is during 2016, the U.S. was 100 percent import reliant on 20 mineral commodities, including rare earths, manganese and niobium, which are among a suite of materials often designated as “critical” or “strategic” because they are essential to the economy and their supply may be disrupted. This number has increased from just 11 commodities in 1984.


Some other significant findings in the new report on domestic mineral production include:

Rare Earths: The suspension of U.S. rare-earth mining in late 2015 resulted in a significant decline in domestic exports of rare-earth compounds in 2016. U.S. imports of rare-earth compounds and metals increased by 6 percent compared with those in 2015.

Aluminum: U.S. production of primary aluminum decreased for the fourth consecutive year, declining by about 47 percent in 2016 to the lowest level since 1951. During the year, three primary smelters were shut down reducing production capacity by more than 700,000 metric tons per year. U.S. imports of aluminum (crude and semi-manufactures) increased by 18 percent in 2016.

Iron Ore:
U.S. iron ore production decreased by 11 percent in 2016. Six iron ore mines in the United States had either been idled, reduced production, or closed permanently. Steel produced from basic oxygen furnaces, which consume iron ore, declined in 2016.


Diamond (industrial): The United States is likely to continue as one of the world’s leading markets for industrial diamond into the next decade and will probably remain a significant producer and exporter of synthetic industrial diamond as well. National demand for industrial diamond is likely to be strong in the construction sector as the United States continues building, milling and repairing the country’s highway system.


Salt: The 2015–16 winter was warmer than average for the first time in several years, and the amount of frozen precipitation and the number of winter weather events was below average in many parts of the United States, requiring less salt for highway de-icing. Rock salt production and imports in 2016 decreased 7 percent and 42 percent, respectively from the levels estimated in 2015 because of decreased demand from many local and State transportation departments.


Cement: On a year-on-year basis, monthly cement sales in 2016 varied widely and the overall increase for the year was lower than had been expected at yearend 2015. Construction spending levels were moderately higher during the year, however, continued low oil and gas prices significantly limited the amount of oil and gas well drilling. This reduced the consumption of general and oil well cements for this activity, which contributed to lower overall cement sales in a number of States, especially Texas.


The United States produced 13 mineral commodities in 2016 that were worth more than $1 billion each and the estimated value of total U.S. industrial minerals production in 2016 was $51.6 billion, 5 percent more than that of 2015.


Slower growth in consumption for metals – especially in China – and excess production, resulted in low prices in 2015 and early 2016 for most metals. This caused the value of 2016 U.S. metal mine production to drop to $23 billion, a 5 percent loss compared to 2015.


While the report looks at mineral commodities across the nation, eleven states individually produced more than $2 billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities in 2016. These states were (in descending order of value): Nevada, Arizona, Texas, California, Minnesota, Florida, Alaska, Michigan, Wyoming, Missouri and Utah.


The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption and how minerals interact with the environment. The USGS National Minerals Information Center collects, analyzes, and disseminates current information on the supply of and the demand for minerals and materials in the United States and about 180 other countries. This information is essential in planning for and mitigating impacts of potential disruptions to mineral commodity supply due to both natural hazard and man-made events.

As of October 1, 2016 China Molybdenum Co will own Anglo American’s niobium and phosphates businesses in the Brazilian states of Goiás and São Paulo.


Specifically, CMOC bought Fosfatos Brasil Limitada and Nióbio Brasil Limitada, as well as the associated niobium sales and marketing function.


“The niobium business is an important strategic addition to CMOC’s existing molybdenum and tungsten business as it is a critical value-added input for specialised alloys and steel production. The phosphates business provides strategically important diversification benefits to the Company’s metals portfolio. The phosphates sector has attractive long-term fundamentals and positive outlook due to robust demand and supply dynamics in Brazil,” the Asian firm said in a statement.


CMOC paid approximately US$1.7 billion, constituting the agreed consideration of US$1.5 billion and approximately US$187 million of working capital and other adjustments, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

Anglo American said that, after taxes payable and transaction costs, net proceeds of $1.5 billion from the sale will be used to reduce debt.


AAL is the world's number five diversified mining company, but it announced a "radical portfolio restructuring" at the end of last year with the idea of holding just to the assets where it sees long-term potential.

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Lithium Corporation is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Bormal Resources Inc., a private British Columbia company with respect to three Tantalum-Niobium properties in British Columbia.

Lithium Corporation is to earn a 100% interest in the Properties by furnishing to the Optionor:

• 1,000,000 common shares @ signing of a formal agreement
• 750,000 common shares @ 1st anniversary of the formal agreement


In consideration of the above Lithium Corporation will earn a full 100% interest in the properties, subject to two separate 1% Net Smelter Royalties (NSR’s) that may be purchased at anytime for $500,000 each.

The Michael property in the Trail Creek Mining Division was originally staked to cover one of the most compelling tantalum (Ta) in stream sediment anomalies as seen in the government RGS database in British Columbia. Bormal conducted a stream sediment sampling program in 2014, and determined that the tantalum-niobium in stream sediment anomaly here is bona fide, and in the order of 6 kilometers in length.

Tantalum in stream sediments values in the Bormal program ranged from 4.8 ppm outside of the anomaly to 31.2 ppm within the anomaly, while niobium ranged from 101.57 ppm to a high of 490.21 ppm. The values for Ta within the anomaly for the most part rank in the 98th percentile for the values obtained in the RGS surveys, and the absolute high value from the Bormal survey ranks as the 17thstrongest response relative to the RGS database, which contains over 53,000 samples. In November of 2016 Lithium Corporation conducted a short soil geochemistry orientation program on the property as part of its due diligence, and determined that there are elevated levels of Niobium-Tantalum in soils here.

Also in the general area of the Michael property the Yeehaw property has been staked over a similar but lower amplitude Tantalum/REE in stream sediment anomaly. Both properties are situated in the Eocene Coryell Batholith, and it is thought that these anomalies may arise from either Carbonatite or Pegmatite type deposits.

The third property – Three Valley Gap, is in the Revelstoke Mining Division and is situated in a locale where several Nb-Ta enriched carbonatites have been noted to occur, and where sampling by the BCGS in the 1980’s returned Tantalum values as high as 100 ppm Ta. A brief field program by Bormal in 2015 located one of these carbonatites, and concurrent soil sampling determined that the soils here are enriched with Nb-Ta over the known carbonatite, and indicated that there are other geochemical anomalies locally that may indicate that more carbonatites exist here and are shallowly buried.

Tantalum has a number of applications, with the bulk of production being allocated for the manufacture of electronic capacitors. It also is becoming increasingly utilized in alloys where its high reliability characteristics and low failure rates make it indispensible for aerospace applications. Some other uses are; medical implants due to it being chemically inert, light weight – high resolution glass lenses; and it can be found in almost all popular hand held and stationary electronic devices in use today.

There have been several electric vehicle manufacturers that have experimented with the inclusion of a large capacitor in their vehicles for those times when rapid acceleration or extra power is desired. The capacitor decreases the need for larger batteries for these sporadic periods of greater power output. Very little of North America’s demand for tantalum is met from mines on the continent, so it is conceivable that any new deposit that proves to be economically feasible may find a ready domestic market for its output.

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About Lithium Corporation

Lithium Corporation is an exploration company based in Nevada devoted to the exploration for energy storage related resources throughout North America, looking to capitalize on opportunities within the ever expanding next generation battery markets.

Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of domestic niobium production in the coming years, that will be achieved through the expansion of the existing production and processing capacities.


As part of these plans, production will be accelerated on the basis of the country’s largest niobium fields, and in particular the Lovozero mine, which is located in the Murmansk region, as well as the Tatar field in the Krasnoyarsk region. In the case of Lovozero, production will take place in the form of loparite concentrate, while in Tatar in the form of a pyrochlore concentrate.A particular attention will be paid for the increase of production at the Tomtor rare earth-niobium field in the Republic of Sakha and the Etykinsky tantalum-niobium field, which is located in the Chita region of Russia.


In the middle-term, production is expected to be expanded on the basis of other Russian largest niobium fields, such as the Beloziminskoe and Katuginskoe.Payback period of these projects are estimated at 7 years. Much will depend on the volume of state support, that will be provided by the government for the implementation of these projects.Currently the majority of Russian niobium demand is met by the imports from Brazil, however, according to state plans, the increase of the domestic production will help to significantly reduce imports.


It is planned that cheap energy resources is expected to be one of the major advantages of the Russian niobium production.Processing of finished products will take place at the capacities of the Solikamsk Magnesium plant, as well as the Klyuchevskoi ferroalloy plant.Currently the annual volume of production of niobium oxide in Russia is estimated at only 2,000 tonnes, however, according to state plans, these figures should significantly increase in the coming years in order to fully meet the domestic demand.Overal, according to state estimates, the annual demand for niobium in Russia will vary in the range of 5,000-6,000 tonnes by 2018-2019 years, that will be mainly due to the planned development of its major consuming industries within the country, and in particular automotive.


Russia currently accounts for up to 25% of global niobium reserves, the majority of which are concentrated in the undeveloped fields in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. Currently the share of the country in the global niobium production is estimated at only 1%.It is planned that the majority of future niobium production will be supplied for the needs of Russian military and defence sector, as well as other industries, such as electronics.To date, the majority of Russian niobium production has been exported to Germany and the United States, however, there is a possibility that such a situation will change already in the coming years.


Prior to 2016, Russia has always been one of Europe’s largest ferroniobium importers with the annual volume of deliveries of 2,000-4,000 tonnes. The majority of imports is supplied from Brazil and were used in the production of highly durable tube strips for oil and gas pipes in a number of Russian metallurgical enterprises.

Scandium International Mining Corp is pleased to announce it has signed a MOU with Weston Aluminium Pty Ltd of Chatswood, NSW, Australia. The MOU defines a cooperative commercial alliance to jointly develop the capability to manufacture aluminum-scandium master alloy (“Master Alloy”).

The intended outcome of this Alliance will be to develop the capability to offer Nyngan Project aluminum alloy customers scandium in form of Al-Sc Master Alloy, should customers prefer that product form.


The MOU outlines steps to jointly establish the manufacturing parameters, metallurgical processes, and capital requirements to convert Nyngan Project scandium product into Master Alloy, on Weston’s existing production site in NSW.

The MOU does not include a binding contract with commercial terms at this stage, although the intent is to pursue the necessary technical elements to arrive at a commercial contract for conversion of scandium oxide to Master Alloy, and to do so prior to first mine production from the Nyngan Project.Discussion:SCY has been developing an internal understanding and capability to convert scandium oxide to Master Alloy for some time. In 2014, the Company announced it applied for a US Patent on Master Alloy production, which is still in the application phase.

That Patent Application addressed scandium Master Alloys with both aluminum-base and magnesium-base metals. The Company has investigated scandium Master Alloy manufacturing processes previously with the CSIRO, in Australia, and Kingston Process Metallurgy (KPM) in Ontario, Canada. Further, the technical team in SCY has previous relevant experience in this metallurgical area.Weston Aluminium is a privately-owned, established secondary aluminum and industrial services company with its production facilities located near Kurri Kurri in, NSW, approximately 50km from Newcastle and 400km from the Nyngan Project.

Using an environmentally attractive ‘non-salt’ processing technology from Asahi Seiren in Japan as its core technology, Weston has further developed its application to process all forms of aluminum bearing dross and by-products from the aluminum industry, and manufacturing Aluminum Deoxidant for steel making for BlueScope Steel at Port Kembla NSW and Arrium at Whyalla SA. Weston recycles industrial aluminum scrap, and dross, principally from the Tomago Aluminum Smelter located north of Newcastle, which is an independent joint venture between Rio Tinto Alcan, CSR and Hydro Aluminum. Weston today recycles 20,000 tonnes of aluminum materials annually, and has established capability in recovering valuable metals from metallurgical process dross materials, resulting in zero land fill.

The process for making scandium Master Alloy is generally known, although efficiencies vary widely in practice. While numerous entities make and sell a variety of aluminum master alloys globally, very few have established the capability or the access to scandium, to make Al-Sc Master Alloy product well.The Company believes that it can establish world-class techniques for manufacture of scandium Master Alloy, and can offer an upgraded product to aluminum alloy customers directly.

This approach enables the Company to better control product quality, by consolidating the upgrade step through a trusted downstream processor. The Company will also continue to offer product in scandium oxide form, for customers who prefer or require that product form.SCY intends to contribute the majority of the intellectual property (“IP”) required to define manufacturing technique and metallurgy, and will retain the IP rights to that process, recipe and know-how, as defined in the MOU.George Putnam, CEO of Scandium International Mining Corp. commented:“We are excited to team with an experienced aluminum products manufacturer to build a capability in scandium Master Alloy manufacturing.

This Alliance allows SCY to apply and expand our know-how in this area immediately, while working with Weston, an innovative local operator. We believe this capability to offer scandium product as Master Alloy has the potential to broaden our customer base and deliver scandium’s promise more effectively to aluminum alloy users.”QUALIFIED PERSONS AND NI 43-101 TECHNICAL REPORTWillem Duyvesteyn, MSc, AIME, CIM, a Director and CTO of the Company, is a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release on behalf of the Company.ABOUT SCANDIUM INTERNATIONAL MINING CORP.The Company is focused on developing the Nyngan Scandium Project into the world’s first scandium-only producing mine.

The Company owns an 80% interest in both the Nyngan Scandium Project, and the adjacent Honeybugle Scandium Property, in New South Wales, Australia, and is manager of both projects. Our joint venture partner, Scandium Investments LLC, owns the remaining 20% in both projects, along with an option to convert those direct project interests into SCY common shares, based on market values, prior to construction.The Company filed a NI 43-101 technical report in May 2016, titled “Feasibility Study – Nyngan Scandium Project”. That feasibility study delivered an expanded scandium resource, a first reserve figure, and an estimated 33.1% IRR on the project, supported by extensive metallurgical test work and an independent, 10-year global marketing outlook for scandium demand.For further information, please contact: George Putnam, President and CEO.

Leinfelden-Echterdingen / München – During BAU 2017 Roto presented a diverse range of aluminium sliding window and door hardware solutions , including some for extremely heavy sashes as well as tightly sealed, barrier-free and extremely convenient systems. The manufacturer’s aluminium specialists advised metal workers, system producers and architects on individualised modern system configuration for every requirement. Interesting exhibits provided an initial insight into the diversity of the “Roto Patio” hardware product range.

The “Roto Patio” aluminium balcony door product range now includes parallel sliding, Fold&Slide system hardware solutions as well as the tilt, lift and slide opening types. Window fabricators use the different ranges to flexibly design systems based on individual planner and builder requests. Roto specialists provide advice on the selection of components that guarantee the desired level of convenience and security. Five exhibits in Munich displayed aluminium system solutions, including the new “Roto Patio Alversa” parallel and Tilt&Slide system, which will be deliverable from the spring of 2017.


“Roto Patio Fold” –the premium Fold&Slide system hardware

“Roto Patio Fold” Fold&Slide systems with sash weight and height elements of up to 100 kg and  2,830 mm respectively open and close over a width of up to six metres Up to seven doors are conveniently folded against a jamb and pushed to the side to save space; an eighth door element on the opposite jamb can be used as a Tilt&Turn or Turn-Only sash. Window fabricators create a Germany-wide, Thermal Insulation Ordinance-compliant Fold&Slide system with the both trip hazard and also barrier free “Roto Patio Fold” and “Roto Eifel” threshold combination in accordance with DIN 18040. A corresponding Roto exhibition stand exhibit received a great deal of attention.


“Roto Patio Lift” –
the standard hardware for large Lift&Slide doors up to 400 kg

The “Roto Patio Lift” hardware product range, also presented in a Munich exhibit, provides particularly cost-effective, durable and convenient solutions for Lift&Slide doors up to a weight of 400 kg. This range is therefore also suited for large, triple-glazed sash systems, as are increasingly used in central and northern Europe. This makes it possible to produce balcony doors with one or two movable sashes of up to a standard 300 kg as well as with a sash weight of up to 400 kg with an extension kit. The sash stop can take place on the frame, on fixed glazing or on a second movable sash. Optional strikers enable night ventilation. The high-quality “Roto Patio Lift” ball bearing roller bogie technology ensures that window sashes run smoothly and whisper-quiet. The espagnolette is already prepared for the standard inclusion of a profile cylinder and so fulfils various security requirements – with a minimum of logistics expenditure.


“Roto Patio Lift Light” –

the standard lightweight Lift&Slide window and door hardware

The new “Roto Patio Lift Light” hardware system presented in Europe for the very first time at BAU 2017 turns simple sliding systems into upgraded sealed and high-quality Lift&Slide systems. “Roto Patio Lift Light” is suitable for systems with a sash weight of up to 70 kg, as are often produced in Central and South America. “Roto Patio Lift Light” was developed for non-thermally broken aluminium Inline Sliding profile systems. The combination of this new Lift&Slide hardware with other Roto portfolio components enables a significant Inline Sliding window and door performance and seal improvement. “Roto Patio Lift Light” was therefore considered an extremely interesting innovation by many exhibition visitors at Fesqua 2016 – an exhibition that is held in Brazil every two years.


“Roto PatioInowa” –

the smart hardware for tightly sealed sliding systems

The “Roto Patio Inowa” hardware product range, which has been in great demand since its market launch at BAU 2015, combines convenient operation, a tight seal and appealing design in one. As a result, it is ideally suited for the production of particularly aesthetic aluminium sliding doors and windows with straight-line, narrow profiles in a modern design. “Roto Line” range handles round out the appealing aesthetics, as was shown by the exhibit at BAU 2017. The innovative closing movement transverse to the frame profile means that sliding systems fitted with “Roto Patio Inowa” are extremely convenient to operate with a low expenditure of energy. A circumferential gasket and the active control of all locking points, including in the mullion, ensure a tight seal. Sliding systems based on “Roto Patio Inowa” are therefore already in demand in a number of cities and countries in which, for example, sound reduction and strong wind and typhoon protection are an important consideration.

 

“Roto Patio Alversa” –

the new universal parallel and Tilt&Slide system hardware

From the spring of 2017, Roto will be the first provider to enable the production of parallel sliding solutions with tilt ventilation and added security to boot. That is when the innovative “Roto Patio Alversa” hardware product range will be introduced, which was presented for the very first time in an aluminium system at the Munich exhibition stand. The “Roto Patio Alversa | PS Air Com” parallel sliding system displayed at the exhibition is particularly easy to operate. Turning the handle automatically tilts the sash. The manual expenditure of energy pulling on the sash is not required. This allows even very large and heavy sliding doors up to 200 kg to be operated and tilted effortlessly. “Roto Patio Alversa” can be used to produce Tilt&Slide as well as parallel sliding systems with different ventilation functions. In particular, users of the “Roto AL” and “Roto NT” ranges for aluminium profiles with a 16 mm hardware groove will benefit from the greatest possible use of equivalent parts and the associated reduction in effort and expenditure on materials management, warehousing and production logistics. Roto announced that extensive information on the diverse aluminium balcony doors that can be produced with this range will be provided in the spring of 2017.

GE and Aluminium of Greece (AOG), a Mytilineos Group subsidiary, today signed a 10-year agreement in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to implement global first-of-their-kind digital smelter solutions for AOG to enhance its aluminium smelting process and contribute to increased operational efficiency and productivity.


The digital solutions are a significant step in charting the next generation of smelting operations globally. The agreement was signed by Dimitris Stefanidis, CEO of Aluminium of Greece and Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa, in the presence of senior officials of both companies in Dubai.


“As the largest vertically integrated bauxite, alumina and aluminium production and trading unit in the European Union, we are constantly looking at innovative technologies to enhance our performance standards. The application of digital industrial solutions is a remarkable opportunity to achieve process optimization across our operations and to push productivity levels,” said Dimitris Stefanidis. “With GE’s digital smelter solutions, we are setting a global first for the aluminium industry that will contribute to our operational efficiency and set new benchmarks in the sector.”


Underlining GE’s strong global collaboration, digital strength and industrial know-how, the digital solutions for smelting operations are being created by a team of engineers and developers based in San Ramon, USA; GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence (COE) in Dubai, UAE; and GE’s Global Research Center in Bangalore, India. The project will be executed by the team based at the COE in Dubai, while the facility that the solutions will be implemented at is located in Agios Nikolaos, Viotia, Greece.


“GE has been at the forefront of digitizing the future of industry globally and in the region, providing digital industrial solutions for power generation and the LNG industry, among others” said Joseph Anis. “By bringing together the strengths of our multi-locational teams and GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence in Dubai, we will collaborate with AOG to create a new chapter in the history of smelting operations as well.”


GE has supported AOG’s growth and development over the decades, having supplied it with advanced technologies and signing multi-year agreements to cover the maintenance of gas turbines and associated generators.

The digital solutions will operate in the cloud, powered by Predix*, GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet. Virtual sensors will facilitate the ongoing evaluation of parameters such as temperature and chemistry that are not ordinarily monitored continuously. This, in turn, will help to anticipate the health and condition of the pot, providing timely monitoring reports on the operations of the plant.


“We will be able to recreate an actual smelter using artificial intelligence and physics-based models,” stated Bhanu Shekhar, Chief Digital Officer for GE Power in the Middle East and Africa. “This is a living digital model that will continuously generate smelter data, and will be a game changer in helping to address the challenges of power usage and the consumption of raw materials in the smelting industry.”


“The application of the digital smelter solutions will contribute to the operational efficiency improvement of the Aluminium of Greece, by lowering raw materials’ consumption, decreasing energy consumption, and reducing pot leakages,” concluded Dimitris Stefanidis.


GE’s digital solutions for aluminium smelting can help unlock a new era of productivity for this critical industry in Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond. A one percent increase in efficiency of aluminium smelter operations can contribute to an annual global savings of US$970 million across the total cost of production, US$936 million in output increase, and US$464 million in operations and maintenance costs. In the GCC region alone, the same one percent increase translates into US$28 million in savings on operations and maintenance. Today, the region’s aluminium smelting industry accounts for up to ten percent of the world’s total production, and GE has a strong history of leadership in the sector to enhance competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability for customers.


About Mytilineos Group

Mytilineos Group (mytilineos.gr) is a leading Greek industry active in Metallurgy & Mines, Energy and EPC Projects. Established in Greece in 1990, the Group’s holding company, MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A., is listed on the Athens Exchange, has a consolidated turnover in excess of €1.3 billion and employs directly or indirectly more than 2,700 people in Greece and abroad.


About GE

GE (ge.com) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.


About GE Power

GE Power (gepower.com) is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.


*Predix is a trademark of General Electric Company.

Suzlon secures another order from National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) Installation of 24 units of S97-90 m tubular tower with rated capacity of 2.1MW each Also to offer operation and maintenance service for an initial period of 10 years through an Integrated Service Package Pune, India:

Suzlon Group, one of the leading global renewable energy solution providers, has 
won another order from National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) for a 50.40MW capacity wind power project in India. The project comprises of 24 units of S97-90 m tubular towers with rated capacity of 2.1MW each and is scheduled for completion in FY2017. NALCO’s cumulative Suzlon powered wind portfolio will increase to 100.80MW post completion of this project. The project is capable of providing power to ~27,000 households and reducing ~0.10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.

NALCO which is a public sector enterprise of the Government of India is also Asia's largest integrated aluminium company. The corporate forayed into the renewable energy space in the year 2011 by entering into a partnership with Suzlon for setting up its maiden 50.40MW wind power project in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Suzlon will be responsible for the entire project lifecycle, from development to construction and commissioning including operations, maintenance and services of the project for an initial period of 10 years. This order is a testament of the faith and confidence reposed by customers in Suzlon’s technology, execution and life cycle asset management abilities.


The S97-90 m hub height wind turbine generator features the time tested Doubly Fed Induction 
Generator (DFIG) technology which is designed to optimally harness available wind resources. It not only delivers higher energy yield, but also offers higher return on investment for our customers.

Mr. Ishwar Mangal, Chief Sales Officer, Suzlon Energy said, “We take great pride in our continued partnership with our esteemed customer NALCO. Both the corporate houses share a common resolve to transition India towards a sustainable and low carbon economy by maximizing the deployment of environment-friendly energy resources. We are glad to receive
yet another order from this customer which reaffirms their confidence in our product portfolio, project execution capabilities and life cycle asset management. With our strong customer base, customer centric credentials, next generation products, end-to-end solutions and best-in-class services, Suzlon is best equipped to capitalize on the growing opportunities India has to offer.”

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GE and Aluminium of Greece , a Mytilineos Group subsidiary, today signed a 10-year agreement in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to implement global first-of-their-kind digital smelter solutions for AOG to enhance its aluminium smelting process and contribute to increased operational efficiency and productivity.


The digital solutions are a significant step in charting the next generation of smelting operations globally. The agreement was signed by Dimitris Stefanidis, CEO of Aluminium o
f Greece and Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa, in the presence of senior officials of both companies in Dubai.


“As the largest vertically integrated bauxite, alumina and aluminium production and trading unit in the European Union, we are constantly looking at innovative technologies to enhance our performance standards. The application of digital industrial solutions is a remarkable opportunity to achieve process optimization across our operations and to push productivity levels,” said Dimitris Stefanidis. “With GE’s digital smelter solutions, we are setting a global first for the aluminium industry that will contribute to our operational efficiency and set new benchmarks in the sector.”


Underlining GE’s strong global collaboration, digital strength and industrial know-how, the digital solutions for smelting operations are being created by a team of engineers and developers based in San Ramon, USA; GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence (COE) in Dubai, UAE; and GE’s Global Research Center in Bangalore, India. The project will be executed by the team based at the COE in Dubai, while the facility that the solutions will be implemented at is located in Agios Nikolaos, Viotia, Greece.


“GE has been at the forefront of digitizing the future of industry globally and in the region, providing digital industrial solutions for power generation and the LNG industry, among others” said Joseph Anis. “By bringing together the strengths of our multi-locational teams and GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence in Dubai, we will collaborate with AOG to create a new chapter in the history of smelting operations as well.


GE has been a stable partner of Mytilineos Group for more than two decades, through its cooperation with METKA in EPC projects and subsequently with AoG having supplied it with advanced technologies and signing multi-year agreements to cover the maintenance of gas turbines and associated generators.


The digital solutions will operate in the cloud, powered by Predix* , GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet. Virtual sensors will facilitate the ongoing evaluation of parameters such as temperature and chemistry that are not ordinarily monitored continuously. This, in turn, will help to anticipate the health and condition of the pot, providing timely monitoring reports on the operations of the plant.


“We will be able to recreate an actual smelter using artificial intelligence and physics-based models,” stated Bhanu Shekhar, Chief Digital Officer for GE Power in the Middle East and Africa. “This is a living digital model that will continuously generate smelter data, and will be a game changer in helping to address the challenges of power usage and the consumption of raw materials in the smelting industry.” “The application of the digital smelter solutions will contribute to the operational efficiency improvement of the Aluminium of Greece, by lowering raw materials’ consumption, decreasing energy consumption, and reducing pot leakages,” concluded Dimitris Stefanidis.


GE’s digital solutions for aluminium smelting can help unlock a new era of productivity for this critical industry in Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond. A one percent increase in efficiency of aluminium smelter operations can contribute to an annual global savings of US$970 million across the total cost of production, US$936 million in output increase, and US$464 million in operations and maintenance costs. In the GCC region alone, the same one percent increase translates into US$28 million in savings on operations and maintenance. Today, the region’s aluminium smelting industry accounts for up to ten percent of the world’s total production, and GE has a strong history of leadership in the sector to enhance competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability for customers.


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London listed metals and mining conglomerate Vedanta has recorded 27 per cent growth in revenue from its aluminium operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Revenue from aluminium business shot up from $418.9 million to $531.9 million as firm LME prices, volume ramp-up, lower input prices and cost cutting initiatives bolstered earnings. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, amortisation and depreciation) in the quarter was significantly higher at $95 for the same reasons and also due to rupee depreciation. Aluminium prices on the LME were robust during Q3 averaging $1710 per tonne compared to $1495 a tonne in the year-ago period.


For the April-December period, total revenue from aluminium operations moved up 10 per cent to $1396 million whereas EBITDA stood at $197 million. In this nine-month period, aluminium production by Vedanta was higher by 23 per cent year-on-year at 0.86 million tonne (mt) on the back of ramp-up of additional smelters at Balco-II and Jharsuguda smelters. Alumina production, too, was up 18 per cent at 0.89 mt as the Lanjigarh refinery in Odisha re-commenced second stream operations.


In Q3, the first line of the 1.25 mtpa Jharsuguda-II smelter was impacted by a transformer failure incident in mid- January. Rectification work is in process and 80 pots of the 336 pots are currently operational. The first line is expected to be ramped up by the end of June 2018 post rectification. The second line is fully ramped up and is expected to be capitalised in Q4 of this financial year.


The average cost of aluminium production in this period was $1429 per tonne. The smelter at Jharsuguda reported hot metal production cost of $1388 a tonne. Though Vedanta’s power costs were lower, higher alumina import price ($304 per tonne) weighed on.


In alumina, the two streams of the Lanjigarh refinery produced 0.32 mt in October-December period. The refinery currently has a de-bottlenecked capacity of 1.7 - 2.0 mt per annum and we expect to produce 1.3 mt in FY17 to offset high alumina import prices, Vedanta stated in a statement.


It is aiming to produce 1-1.1 mt aluminium by the end of this financial year excluding trial run production. The cost of production is expected to be in the range of $1450-1475 per tonne in FY17. The bauxite mines at Balco are ramping up production and are set to end the financial year with a run rate of two mt per annum.

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