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| 15 August, 2017

Oman's Sohar Aluminium assessing restart after interruption

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Oman's Sohar Aluminium plant said it was assessing how soon production could resume from the 350,000-tonnes-per-year smelter after an "incident" interrupted operations this month.

DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Oman's Sohar Aluminium plant said on Tuesday it was assessing how soon production could resume from the 350,000-tonnes-per-year smelter after an "incident" interrupted operations this month.

"On Friday August 4, an incident occurred at the Sohar Aluminium plant which interrupted normal operations and resulted in no injuries recorded," Chief Executive Said Al Masoudi said in a statement.

"The company has put together a team of industry experts to assess how quickly metal production can be restarted and a return to full production levels be restored as early as possible."

The $2.4 billion Sohar Aluminium joint venture is 20 percent owned by Alcan, the Canadian aluminium-producing unit of Australia-based Rio Tinto. Oman Oil Co and the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority each hold 40 percent.

Sohar is one of only three aluminium producers in the Gulf Arab region.

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(Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Dale Hudson) ((rania.elgamal@thomsonreuters.com; +971 562 160 434; Reuters Messaging: rania.elgamal.reuters.com@reuters.net))