OSLO, June 13 Qatar's Qatalum aluminium plant is
now exporting metals via ports in Kuwait and Oman, as well as a
Qatari container port, following a diplomatic row with
neighbours that had blocked shipments, Norsk Hydro told Reuters
Hydro, which owns 50 percent of the plant, last week said
new export routes had been established but declined at the time
to say which countries it would go through.
"There's a recently completed container port in Qatar which
we've begun using, and we also have shipments through Kuwait and
Oman, solving this for the short term," Hydro Chief Executive
Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said on the sidelines of a conference.
Hydro remains worried however by the regional tensions,
Brandtzaeg said, after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on June 5 cut ties with Qatar.
The Qatalum plant produces more than 600,000 tonnes of
primary aluminium per year.
(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg, writing by Terje Solsvik,
editing by Ole Petter Skonnord)