Other bidders for the contract, which will have capacity of about 600 MW, include South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, Canada’s SNC Lavalinwith the US’ GE Power Systemsand Germany’s Siemens. The consultant for the power island is the UK’s Mott MacDonald.

In late July, the US’ Bechtelsigned the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the smelter, which will have initial capacity of 326,000 tonnes a year.