Tajik Aluminium, Central Asia's only producer of the metal, is reducing output because of a power shortage. The company, also known as Talco, cut energy use to 15 million kilowatt-hours a day from an average of 21 million kilowatt-hours and will seek a further reduction of 1 million kilowatt-hours, it said in a statement on the web site today. It will also curtail workers hours.
The power supply crisis in the country has contributed to the pressure from the global financial crisis, the company said in the statement.
Talco plans to cut primary aluminum production by as much as 20 percent in 2009, Interfax reported January 30, citing Gulom Bobozoda, Tajikistan's trade and economic development minister, the news agency said.