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Alcoa Announces Milestone for Alumar Smelter Restart

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PITTSBURGH, April 13, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) today announced that the Alumar smelter in São Luís, Brazil has now energized its first 20 smelting pots as part of the ongoing restart of aluminum capacity at the location.

Alumar’s smelter is owned by Alcoa and South32 Limited. It has three smelting lines with 710 pots. More capacity will progressively come online, with the full annual capacity of 447,000 metric tons expected to be operational by the end of 2022.

"The restart of Alumar will build on our competitive strengths in the global and local marketplace and expand our ability to supply growing demand for sustainably-sourced aluminum," said John Slaven, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Alcoa. "We’re proud of the positive impact the restart will bring to our customers, investors, employees, and community stakeholders in Brazil’s Maranhão state."

Alcoa announced in September of 2021 that it would restart 268,000 metric tons of annual smelting capacity, which represents the Company’s share at the Alumar smelter.

Alcoa Alumínio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa Corporation, owns 60 percent of the smelting and casting capacity; South32 holds the remaining 40 percent.

About Alcoa Corporation

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products with a vision to reinvent the aluminum industry for a sustainable future. With a values-based approach that encompasses integrity, operating excellence, care for people and courageous leadership, our purpose is to Turn Raw Potential into Real Progress. Since developing the process that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life, our talented Alcoans have developed breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to greater efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate.

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