Since its launch in the 1990s, AP-30 series of smelting technology has rapidly spread to become the preferred choice in the aluminium industry.
TECHNOLOGY DRIVING PRODUCTIVITY
Since its launch in the 1990s, AP-30 series of smelting technology has rapidly spread to become the preferred choice in the aluminium industry. Its high amperage is by far unmatched, making it the most productive cell in the industry. Sohar Aluminium is the most recent addition to the AP30 family of smelters and as the newest addition it is equipped with the latest technology in the series AP36. The Sohar Aluminium smelter has the capacity to produce 395,000 metric tonnes of finished product every year, or nearly 3 tonnes per pot per day.
Sohar Aluminium continues to look to harness the transformational potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) to position itself as a ‘smelter of the future’. The company has made advanced technology a priority ever since its formation in 2004, implementing automation and robotics within the smelter’s Casthouse’s operations from the beginning in order to minimise the interaction of human operator with unsafe material and therefore reducing the risk of injury. Robotic cranes, for example, assist in the stacking of refined metal bundles and applying labels.
POWER PLANT PERFORMANCE
The Sohar Aluminium Power Plant (SAPP) implements the Alstom's 13E2 series of gas turbine with over 20 years proven reliable power generation behind them. Designed for long term efficiency and reliability, SAPP impressively has a peak generation capacity of 1000MW. Utilising Lox NOx burners in the gas turbines and by taking a combined-cycle format where exhaust gas is used to power a secondary steam turbine to increase efficiency, SAPP has taken every step possible to reduce its environmental impact.