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Tajikistan's Talco reduces aluminum production

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Employees walk past the Tajikistan Aluminium Co.’s aluminum smelter complex, known as Talco, in the town of Tursunzade on Nov. 19, 2012.

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An employee walks inside the Talco smelter complex, located about 50 kilometres west of the Tajik capital of Dushanbe.

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An employee works in the Talco smelter complex. Tajikistan, the poorest of the 15 former Soviet Union republics, relies heavily on the smelter’s earnings.

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Tajikistan is central Asia’s biggest producer of primary aluminum.

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An employee works in the Talco complex. Official data show aluminum accounted for around 57 per cent of all Tajik hard currency export revenue in January-October of 2012.

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An employee works with aluminum bars stacked for shipping.

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The state-owned aluminum smelter is likely to cut output to just over 270,000 tonnes this year from 277,584 tonnes in 2011.

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Employees work outside at the smelter. The smelter’s output declined by more than a fifth in 2011.

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In September, Talco cut its production forecast for this year by 15 per cent.

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The reduced forecast was due to a smelter overhaul and a brief stoppage of gas supplies from neighbouring Uzbekistan.

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Employees work in the storage area at Talco.

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