This morning in metals news: Alcoa said it plans to restart its Alumar aluminum smelter in Brazil; meanwhile, the Energy Information Administration forecasts hydropower generation will fall by 14% this year; and, lastly, European automakers are looking to bypass China in their rare earths supply chains.
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Alcoa to restart Alumar smelter
Alcoa this week announced plans to restart its Alumar aluminum smelter in Brazil.
The smelter has been fully curtailed since 2015. The facility has annual capacity of 268,000 metric tons.
“The process to restart the idle capacity will begin immediately,” Alcoa said. “The first molten metal is expected in the second quarter of 2022, and the full 268,000 mtpy of capacity is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022. By 2024, the Alumar smelter will be powered with 100 percent renewable energy.”
Hydropower hit by drought
Speaking of renewable energy, the EIA forecasts hydropower generation to decline by 14% this year.