SOURCE: Century Aluminum Company

September 09, 2005 12:00 ET

Giulio Casello Named Vice President of Bauxite and Alumina Operations for Century Aluminum

MONTEREY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 9, 2005 -- Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) today announced Giulio Casello has been named Vice President of Bauxite and Alumina Operations. In this position he will have primary responsibility for expanding the company's bauxite mining and alumina refining business segments.

Casello comes to Century from Alcoa, where, since 2002, he served as Director of Western Australian Operations for Alcoa World Alumina in Pinjarra, Australia. Since 1986, he has held a number of positions for Alcoa, including General Manager, North American and European Operations for Alcoa World Chemicals, Kwinana Refinery Location Manager and Pinjarra Refinery Production Manager.

Mr. Casello holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters of Engineering Management from Curtin University.

"We have had a strategic interest in bauxite and alumina for sometime," said Chairman Craig Davis. "Giulio's leadership will play a central role as we continue to explore upstream opportunities."

Century presently owns 615,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy) of primary aluminum capacity. The company owns and operates a 244,000 mtpy plant at Hawesville, Kentucky; a 170,000 mtpy plant at Ravenswood, West Virginia; and a 90,000 mtpy plant at Grundartangi, Iceland that is being expanded to 212,000 mtpy. The company also owns a 49.67-percent interest in a 222,000 mtpy reduction plant at Mt. Holly, South Carolina. Alcoa Inc. owns the remainder of the plant and is the operating partner. With the completion of the Grundartangi expansion, Century's total capacity will stand at 737,000 mtpy. Century also holds a 50-percent share of the 1.25 million mtpy Gramercy Alumina refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana and related bauxite assets in Jamaica. Century's corporate offices are located in Monterey, California.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. The company has based its forward-looking statements on current expectations and projections about the future; however, these statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, any of which could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements. More information about these risks, uncertainties and assumptions can be found in the risk factors and forward-looking statements cautionary language contained in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made.

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