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Century says eyeing transport options in face of Ohio River flooding

Century Aluminum is exploring "alternative rail and barge options" toreceive alumina shipments at its 244,000 mt/year Hawesville, Kentucky,smelter on the Ohio River, the company said.

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Like other aluminum smelter operators, Century has been hampered byflooding in the Ohio River, which has been flooding for a couple of weeks,though not as seriously as the Mississippi, into which it feeds.

While Century's Hawesville smelter remains "fully operational," thecompany is "closely monitoring the situation at the lock," said Centuryspokesman Michael Dildine, referring to the nearby Cannelton lock and dam.

Alcoa is already obtaining alumina supplies by rail and truck at its269,000 mt/year smelter in Warrick County, Indiana, just downriver from theCentury plant, due to flooding, while Rio Tinto Alcan is also seeking outalumina transport alternatives for its 180,000 mt/year smelter near Sebree,Kentucky, on the Green River, which feeds into the Ohio.

--Bob Matyi, newsdesk@platts.com