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This excerpt taken from the AWC 20-F filed Jun 9, 2009.

San Ciprian Refinery

AWAC owns and operates the San Ciprian alumina refinery, which is located on the north-west coast of Spain. AWAC acquired the refinery in February 1998 from Alcoa for US$113 million following Alcoa’s acquisition of the principal alumina and aluminium assets of Spain’s state owned aluminium producer, Industria Espanola del Aluminio (“Inespal”).

The San Ciprian refinery was commissioned in 1980. It has an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, having completed a 0.2 million tonne expansion at a cost of US$22.2 million in March 2001. San Ciprian operations are high temperature and pressure refining technology. Bauxite for the refinery is shipped from the Boké mine in Guinea. Steam for the refinery is generated by the plant’s oil fired boiler, with electrical power supplied from the national power grid.

Approximately 70% of alumina produced at the San Ciprian refinery is metallurgical grade, which is sold primarily to Alcoa’s smelters in Spain. The balance of production is non-metallurgical grade alumina that is largely sold as commodity hydrate alumina to chemical manufacturers. A small portion of the non-metallurgical grade alumina is also sold as calcined aluminas. The location of San Ciprian within the European Union allows commodity grade alumina to be sold within Europe without attracting the relatively high tariffs imposed on non-European suppliers.

This excerpt taken from the AWC 20-F filed May 23, 2008.

San Ciprian Refinery

AWAC owns and operates the San Ciprian alumina refinery, which is located on the north-west coast of Spain. AWAC acquired the refinery in February 1998 from Alcoa for US$113 million following Alcoa’s acquisition of the principal alumina and aluminium assets of Spain’s state owned aluminium producer, Industria Espanola del Aluminio (“Inespal”).

The San Ciprian refinery was commissioned in 1980. It has an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, having completed a 0.2 million tonne expansion at a cost of US$22.2 million in March 2001. San Ciprian operations are high temperature and pressure refining technology. Bauxite for the refinery is shipped from the Boké mine in Guinea. Steam for the refinery is generated by the plant’s oil fired boiler, with electrical power supplied from the national power grid.

Approximately 70% of alumina produced at the San Ciprian refinery is metallurgical grade, which is sold primarily to Alcoa’s smelters in Spain. The balance of production is non-metallurgical grade alumina that is largely sold as commodity hydrate alumina to chemical manufacturers. A small portion of the non-metallurgical grade alumina is also sold as calcined aluminas. The location of San Ciprian within the European Union allows commodity grade alumina to be sold within Europe without attracting the relatively high tariffs imposed on non-European suppliers.

This excerpt taken from the AWC 20-F filed Jun 29, 2007.

San Ciprian Refinery

AWAC owns and operates the San Ciprian alumina refinery, which is located on the north-west coast of Spain. AWAC acquired the refinery in February 1998 from Alcoa for US$113 million following Alcoa’s acquisition of the principal alumina and aluminium assets of Spain’s state owned aluminium producer, Industria Espanola del Aluminio (“Inespal”).

The San Ciprian refinery was commissioned in 1980. It has an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes, having completed a 0.2 million tonne expansion at a cost of US$22.2 million in March 2001. San Ciprian employs a high temperature and pressure technology. Bauxite for the refinery is shipped from the Boké mine in Guinea. Steam for the refinery is generated by the plant’s own oil fired boiler, with electrical power coming from the national grid.

Approximately 70% of alumina produced at the San Ciprian refinery is metallurgical grade, which is sold primarily to Alcoa’s smelters in Spain. The balance of production is non-metallurgical grade alumina that is largely sold as commodity hydrate alumina to chemical manufacturers. A small portion of the non-metallurgical grade alumina is also sold as calcined aluminas. The location of San Ciprian within the European Union allows commodity grade alumina to be sold within Europe without attracting the relatively high tariffs imposed on non-European suppliers.

This excerpt taken from the AWC 20-F filed Jun 19, 2006.

San Ciprian Refinery

AWAC owns and operates the San Ciprian alumina refinery, which is located on the western coast of Spain. AWAC acquired the refinery in February 1998 from Alcoa for US$113 million following Alcoa’s acquisition of the principal alumina and aluminium assets of Spain’s state owned aluminium producer, Industria Espanola del Aluminio (“Inespal”).

The San Ciprian refinery was commissioned in 1980. It has an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes, having completed a 0.2 million tonne expansion at a cost of US$22.2 million in March 2001. San Ciprian employs a high temperature and pressure technology. Bauxite for the refinery is shipped from the Boké mine in Guinea. Steam for the refinery is generated by the plant’s own oil fired boiler, with electrical power coming from the national grid.

Approximately 70% of alumina produced at the San Ciprian refinery is metallurgical grade, which is supplied primarily to Alcoa’s smelters in Spain. The balance of production is non-metallurgical grade alumina that is largely sold as commodity hydrate alumina to chemical manufacturers. A small portion of the non-metallurgical grade alumina is also sold as calcined aluminas. The location of San Ciprian within the European Union allows commodity grade alumina to be sold within Europe without attracting the relatively high tariffs imposed on non-European suppliers.

This excerpt taken from the AWC 20-F filed Jun 29, 2005.

San Ciprian Refinery

 

AWAC owns and operates the San Ciprian alumina refinery, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. AWAC acquired the refinery in February 1998 from Alcoa for US$113 million following Alcoa’s acquisition of the principal alumina and aluminium assets of Spain’s state owned aluminium producer, Industria Espanola del Aluminio (“Inespal”).

 

The San Ciprian refinery was commissioned in 1980. It has an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes, having completed a 0.2 million tonne expansion at a cost of US$22.2 million in March 2001. Unlike AWAC’s other refineries, San Ciprian employs a high temperature and pressure technology. Bauxite for the refinery is shipped from

 

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the Boké mine in Guinea. Steam for the refinery is generated by the plant’s own oil fired boiler, with electrical power coming from the national grid.

 

Approximately 70% of alumina produced at the San Ciprian refinery is metallurgical grade, which is supplied primarily to Alcoa’s smelters in Spain. The balance of production is non-metallurgical grade alumina that is largely sold as commodity hydrated alumina to chemical manufacturers. A small portion of the non-metallurgical grade alumina is also sold as calcined aluminas. The location of San Ciprian within the European Union allows commodity grade alumina to be sold within Europe without attracting the relatively high tariffs imposed on non-European suppliers.

 

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