South Africa Aluminium
South Africa Aluminium consists of the Hillside Aluminium smelter located in Richards Bay in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Hillside is fully owned and operated by South32. Bayside ceased smelting operations in FY2014 and the Bayside Casthouse was sold to a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) company, Isizinda Aluminium on 30 June 2015.
Aluminium is an important part of South Africa’s industrial landscape. The outputs of the aluminium value chain feed a wide variety of industrial inputs to the full spectrum of South Africa’s industrial manufacturing base (packaging, transport, construction and energy).
Hillside processes approximately 1,400 ktpa of alumina that is imported from Worsley Alumina. Hillside is one of the world’s most advanced and efficient smelters and uses the Aluminium Pechiney AP35 technology.
The operation produces high-quality primary aluminium ingot for the export market and supplies approximately 15% of production in liquid metal form to Isizinda Aluminium which in turn supplies aluminium slab to Hulamin, a local company that produces further beneficiated products for the domestic and export markets.
Hillside sources power from Eskom, the South African Government-owned power utility, under long-term contracts.
Backed by an investment of R7.2 billion, construction of the Hillside Aluminium smelter began in 1993. The first metal was cast in June 1995 and Hillside achieved its first million tons of ingots in January 1998. In February 2003, Hillside expanded with a further half-potline referred to as 'Hillside 3'. First metal was poured from this half-potline in October 2003.
The construction of the smelter was completed in a record time of 20 months, six months ahead of schedule and US$38 million under budget. Hillside 3 has achieved further success with its environmental performance, which led to the establishment of a benchmark for large construction projects worldwide.
The smelter’s safety performance has equalled benchmark safety standards in the international construction industry.
Noel Pillay - Vice President, South Africa Aluminium
Noel’s track record with South32 operations spans more than 20 years. He has held various leadership roles at South Africa Aluminium in areas that include production, projects and Human Resources. Prior to his appointment to the position of Vice President, Noel spent three years at the Worsley Alumina Refinery in Australia as Maintenance Manager before returning to South Africa in 2012, when he took on the role of General Manager for South Africa Aluminium.