OSLO, June 9 Qatar's Qatalum aluminium plant has
found new sea routes to export its metal following a diplomatic
row with neighbours that had blocked shipments, Norway's Norsk
Hydro, which owns 50 percent of the facility, told Reuters on
Customers may face some delays in deliveries, a Hydro
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
Bahrain on June 5 cut ties with Qatar, which denounced the move
as predicated on lies about it supporting militants.
Until this week, most of Qatalum's output had been
transported on smaller vessels to the Jebel Ali port in the UAE,
before being transferred to larger ships.
Hydro declined to say which ports Qatalum now plans to use.
The plant produces more than 600,000 tonnes of primary
aluminium per year.
(Reporting by Ole Petter Skonnord; writing by Terje Solsvik;
editing by David Clarke)