In late July, the US’ Bechtel signed the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the smelter, which will have capacity of 326,000 tonnes a year. The client on both contracts is Sohar Aluminium Company, a joint venture of Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Canada’s Alcan(MEED 4:3:05).