Tajik Aluminium Company
Tajik Aluminium Company (Tajik: Ширкати Алюминийи
Тоҷик; Russian: Таджикская алюминиевая
компания), abbreviated as TALCO (Tajik/Russian: ТАЛКО)
headquartered in Tursunzoda, Tajikistan, runs the largest aluminium
manufacturing plant in Central Asia, and is Tajikistan's chief
industrial asset. The President of Tajikistan, Emomalii Rahmon,
personally oversees TALCO and according to The Economist, "Each year,
TALCO produces hundreds of millions of dollars in profits that are
routed to a shell company in the British Virgin Islands".
Tajikistan has no native aluminium ore, so the raw material for the
plant has to be imported. Construction of the plant proper began in
1972, and the first pouring of aluminium took place on 31 March 1975.
Tajik news agency AVESTA reported that the plant produced a total of
416 thousand tonnes of aluminium in 2006. In 2012, TALCO is sticking
to its plan to produce 332,500 tonnes of primary aluminium, which
would restore production approximately to 2010 levels after a 20%
decline to 277,584 tonnes in 2011.
TALCO consumes roughly 40% of the country's electrical power, and a
2002 study found it responsible for notable fluorine water pollution
in the region.
Coordinates: 38°32′55″N 68°13′40″E / 38.5485°N
68.2278°E / 38.5485; 68.2278
Hydropower in Tajikistan: Folie de grandeur
^ "Tajik Aluminium Output Falls 11.6%". The Gazette of Central Asia.
Satrapia. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
^ page 32