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The Aluminum Industry in West and Central Africa : Lessons Learned and Prospects for the Future

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Abstract: The purpose of this working paper is to evaluate the future of the aluminum industry in West and Central Africa, with a focus on aluminum smelting and its relationship with power generation and availability in the regions. The organization of this study is as follows. It continues with an overview of the global aluminum industry, including a description of the production process, current and projected supply and demand, and the most important cost considerations for companies investing in the industry. Chapter two provides a brief history and future prospects for the aluminum sector in West and Central Africa. Chapter three contains an analysis of the viability of the two most important existing smelters in the regions, Valco in Ghana and Alucam in Cameroon, as well as a briefer analysis of Alscon in Nigeria and the potential for other smelters in the regions. In chapter four, the recent experience of the three large aluminum smelters in southeast Africa is reviewed and lessons are extracted for West and Central Africa. Conclusions and recommendations are in chapter five.
Type: Publications & Research :: Working Paper
Publications & Research
Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10986/18282
Subject: ABUNDANT HYDRO POWER
AGRICULTURE
ALUMINA CONTENT
ALUMINIUM SMELTER
ALUMINUM
ALUMINUM INDUSTRY
AVAILABILITY
AVERAGE TARIFF
BANKRUPTCY
BAUXITE
BIDDING PROCESS
BOTTOM QUARTILE
BULK SUPPLY CONTRACTS
CABLE
CAPACITY EXPANSION
CAPITAL COSTS
CD
CENTRAL BANK
COAL
COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE
COMPETITIVENESS
CONCESSIONS
CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION COST
CONSUMERS
COST OF CAPITAL
COST OF POWER
COST RECOVERY
DECISION MAKING
DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY
DEMAND FOR POWER
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
ECONOMIC COSTS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMIC GROWTH
ECONOMIC INCENTIVE
ECONOMIC MODEL
ECONOMIES OF SCALE
EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT
ELECTRIC ENERGY
ELECTRIC POWER
ELECTRIC UTILITIES
ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION
ELECTRICITY
ELECTRICITY PRICES
ELECTRICITY TARIFF
ELECTRICITY TARIFFS
EMISSIONS
EMPLOYMENT
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
ENERGY COSTS
ENERGY MARKETS
ENERGY PRICES
ENERGY RESOURCES
ENERGY SHORTAGES
ENERGY SOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
EXCESS DEMAND
EXCESS POWER
EXCESS SUPPLY
EXPORTS
EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
FEASIBILITY STUDIES
FINANCIAL CRISIS
FINANCIAL VIABILITY
FISCAL DEFICIT
FIXED COSTS
FUEL
GAS
GDP
GENERATION CAPACITY
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
GOLD
GRADE
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
GROWTH RATE
HYDRO POWER
HYDRO-POWER
HYDROELECTRIC PLANT
HYDROELECTRIC POTENTIAL
HYDROELECTRIC POWER
HYDROPOWER
HYDROPOWER GENERATION
HYDROPOWER PLANT
INCOME
INCOME TAXES
INCREASE IN CAPACITY
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY
KILOWATT HOUR
LNG
LOCAL AUTHORITIES
MAINTENANCE COSTS
MARGINAL COST
MARGINAL COST PRICING
MARGINAL COSTS
MARGINAL COSTS OF SUPPLY
METALS
METALS INDUSTRIES
MINERALS
MINES
MINING OPERATIONS
MINING POLICY
MINING RIGHTS
MULTIPLIER EFFECT
MULTIPLIER EFFECTS
NATURAL GAS
NATURAL RESOURCES
NONFERROUS METAL INDUSTRIES
OIL
OIL INDUSTRY
OIL PRODUCTION
OPPORTUNITY COST
OUTSOURCING
PIPELINE
POLITICAL ECONOMY
POWER
POWER CAPACITY
POWER COMPANIES
POWER COMPANY
POWER CONSUMPTION
POWER CONTRACT
POWER CONTRACTS
POWER COSTS
POWER DEMAND
POWER GENERATION
POWER GENERATION CAPACITY
POWER LINES
POWER PLANT
POWER PRICES
POWER PRICING
POWER PRODUCER
POWER PROJECT
POWER RATES
POWER REQUIREMENT
POWER SECTOR
POWER SHORTAGES
POWER STATION
POWER SYSTEM
PRICE CONTROLS
PRICE FLUCTUATIONS
PRICE INCREASES
PRODUCTION COSTS
PUBLIC SECTOR
RAIL TRANSPORT
RAW MATERIAL
RECYCLING
REFINING
REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
RESOURCE RENTS
RISK PREMIUMS
SHARING
SILICA
SMALL BUSINESS
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
SMALL SCALE
SMELTER
TAX REVENUES
TAX SUBSIDIES
THERMAL PLANT
THERMAL PLANTS
THERMAL POWER
TOTAL COSTS
TRANSMISSION LINES
TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
TRANSPORTATION
UNDERESTIMATES
UTILITIES
VOLTAGE
WAGES




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