Our Carbon Anode Facilities
In addition to our primary aluminum assets, we own, through our subsidiaries, Century Aluminum Vlissingen, an anode production facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, as well as a 40-percent stake in Baise Haohai Carbon Co., Ltd., located in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of south China. Both facilities supply anodes to our Grundartangi smelter.
In June 2012, Century Aluminum purchased, through a wholly owned subsidiary, substantially all of the assets of an anode production facility formerly owned by Zeeland Aluminum Company (Zalco). Century Aluminum Vlissingenís annual production capacity is approximately 75,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy).
Baise Haohai Carbon Co., Ltd., a carbon anode and cathode manufacturing facility, has an annual anode production capacity of up to 180,000 mtpy and an annual cathode baking and graphitization capacity of up to 20,000 mtpy. Construction of the anode facility was completed in 2008.
Anodes and cathodes are used in the electrolysis process during aluminium production, enabling the metal to be extracted from ore.