Glencore Threatens to Close Mt. Holly Smelter; AISC Opens Code to Comments

In metals’ news today, Century Aluminum is threatening to close its South Carolina smelter at the end of the year and a major steel construction trade association is looking for public comment on its new codes.

Mt. Holly Smelter Imperiled

Century Aluminum, majority owned by Glencore Plc, said on Thursday it will close its Mount Holly smelter in South Carolina at the end of the year if it does not get a new “competitively priced” power contract.

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Its current power deal with the South Carolina Public Service Authority, also known as Santee Cooper, will expire on Dec. 31 and the rates are the highest paid by any US smelter, it said.

AISC Code of Standard Practice Up for Review

The current draft of the 2016 American Institute of Steel Construction Code of Standard Practice (AISC 303-16) is available for public review until Nov. 15.

This update of the 2010 version of the code and a comment form are available for download.

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Comments using the form provided online can be sent to Janet Cummins via email at mailto: or via snail mail to 1 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601. For background on the changes proposed in this 2016 version of the Code, see the recorded presentation from the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference.

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