Project Portfolio - Alusaf Aluminium Smelter



Client: Alusaf
Location: Richards Bay
Commodity: Aluminium
Overall project value: R7,2 billion
Completion: 1996


Alusaf's Hillside Aluminium Smelter is the global benchmark for similar projects, with its success leading to the Mozal Smelter in Mozambique. The new smelter was one of the largest private enterprise projects under construction in the world at the time.

Sixteen Murray & Roberts companies from every operating group were involved in various contracts for the project.

Construction of the smelter provided a welcome boost to the local economy. Over 85% of the construction contracts were awarded to South African firms with more than 30 000 jobs created. The overall South African content, including proprietary process equipment, exceeded 73% of the capital cost.

The first aluminium metal was transferred to the casthouse on 25 June 1995 - five months ahead of schedule and almost R1 billion under budget.

Murray & Roberts was proud to have been involved with the Alusaf Hillside Smelter project. 


  • Completed R1.2 billion under budget and five months ahead of schedule
  • Received a Fulton Award in the civil engineering category
  • This project showed that South African concrete and engineering expertise for such a major project could measure up to the best on a global scale