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Aluminium Bahrain: more iron content after repairs

This affected some customers in Asia, but none in Europe or Middle East

Aluminium Bahrain: more iron content after repairs
Alba is the fourth largest aluminium producer globally and accounted for some 35 percent of production in the Middle East last year (Getty Images)

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) said on Monday an emergency repair has led to higher iron levels in some of its production, however Asian customers affected agreed to continue buying Alba's products.

Alba runs a smelter in Bahrain producing some 850,000 metric tonnes annually said in a statement that an emergency repair in August forced it to shut down one of its production lines.

It said that following the outage some pots remained unstable, leading to higher iron levels in the production.

Alba said this affected about 20,000 tonnes, or less than 7 percent of its production since the incident, and that it aimed to reduce iron levels to previous levels by year end.

It said this affected a number of customers in Asia, while no customers in Europe or the Middle East were affected.

It said: "These higher iron levels were outside of the lowest iron specifications impacting a limited number of customers in Asia who were asked for a temporary waiver to accept slightly higher iron content in the shipped product."

It added: "The customers approved this temporary request and accepted supply with no change in commercial terms or volume."

Alba is the fourth largest aluminium producer globally and accounted for some 35 percent of production in the Middle East last year, according to research by Bahrain based Securities and Investment Company (SICO) research. (Reuters)

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