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‘Red mud’ recycling unit planned for RUSAL smelter

Russia – Russian aluminium giant UC RUSAL is aiming to launch a Euro 15 million alumina production waste recycling facility at its Urals Aluminium Smelter in October 2014.

With only 10% of this waste currently recycled and the remainder stored in special disposal areas, this represents a major global problem, says the company. The new facility will be able to process around 200 000 tonnes of ‘red mud’ per year.

Annual production capacity of the Urals Aluminium Smelter is 75 000 tonnes of aluminium and 740 000 tonnes of alumina, its main customers being the packaging and automotive industries.

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