RUSAL, a Russian aluminum producer, will invest RUB 5.2 billion ($86 million) this year in modernizing its Sayanogorsk and Khakas aluminum smelters.

The largest projects will be carried out in the Khakas casthouse and the electrode production at Sayanogorsk with further improvements to equipment on the site. In the Khakas, a new system of cleaning the crude aluminum in 10-metric-ton (mt) ladles will be installed. Its application will increase the purity of the metal and ensure the growth of its potential for product sales. To intensify the reliability of the power supply at the reduction plant, two transformers will be replaced at one of the silicon rectifier substations, the company said.

As part of the modernization of the Sayanogorsk smelter, RUSAL will be carrying out a large-scale modernization of anode baking furnaces at the electrode production of the smelter, which will cost a total of RUB 12 billion ($190 million), with RUB 3.6 billion ($57 million) being spent this year. Specialists are drafting the details for the engineering and design, while surveyors carry out relevant examinations. It is expected that the project will be carried out in several stages and completion of the work is planned for late 2023.

“The ongoing development and modernization of our sites is essential to maintain the consistently high-level production which is expected of our company,” CEO of RUSAL Evgenii Nikitin said.