Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter
RUSAL’s main products are primary aluminium, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. The company has access to vast resources of raw materials and provides the entire production cycle. find out more

Sustainable development
In 2009 RUSAL completed a large-scale project to modernise the Krasnoyarsk smelter. The renovation resulted in in its production efficiency increasing considerably and a reduction in its emissions. find out more

Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter

The Irkutsk alumimium smelter is one of the largest in Russia and is the oldest in Eastern Siberia.

  • Eastern Siberia’s oldest smelter

  • Between 2008-2010 the smelter was expanded through the introduction of the 5th potline with an annual capacity of 170,000 tonnes of aluminium

  • In 2010, the smelter was equipped with a new casthouse that added 165 thousand tonnes to the plant’s annual production capacity


Shelekhov, Irkutsk region, Russia


Primary aluminium, wire rod, aluminium alloys, bars and strips


Aerospace, automotive, construction, packaging, electrical industries

Annual production capacity

410,000 tonnes


4 potlines (8 potrooms), 2 casthouses, anode production unit, anode assembly department

Smelting technology

The facility mainly uses Soederberg cells.

The smelter’s 5th potline, commissioned in 2008, is furnished with prebaked anode cells, operating at 300 kA.


In 2010, the smelter’s new 5th potline reached full design capacity. The plant mastered production of hi-tech wire rod with zirconium and new generation alloys for the transport and construction industries.

The Irkutsk smelter’s product set includes more than 100 varieties of aluminium alloy and more than 30 types of wire rod. Products with high added value account for 70% of the smelter’s total output.

Between 2011 and 2014 the plant mastered the technology required for anode paste production based on petroleum coke. The modernization of the №2 calcining kiln is being carried out in order to decrease the production cost of anode paste by 30%.

In 2015, the Irkutsk smelter started a “Clean Soederberg” project in order to convert the plant’s 1st, 3rd and 4th potlines to this technology. The project will reduce pollutant air emissions by 30% and increase the plant’s eco-friendliness significantly.  The projected is scheduled to be finished by 2020.


ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management standard)

ISO 9000:2008 (quality management standard) 

ISO/TS 16949 (automotive industry quality standard)


2,400 people


Phone: +7 (39550) 9-40-13