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MSSI Research Forum - Thursday, 5 May at 12h00

MSSI Research Forum - Thursday, 5 May at 12h00

Professor Damien Clancy Chairman, RUSAL Aughinish and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science & Engineering and Kemmy Business School


Energy Management at RUSAL Aughinish


RUSAL Aughinish is the largest alumina refinery in the Northern Atlantic Region – namely the US or Western Europe. Energy costs account for 25-30% of the operating cost. Additionally, all energy is imported. Optimising energy efficiency and energy cost is a key management objective. The successful achievement of this objective is the primary reason for the continued existence and prosperity of the refinery in spite of intense international competition. The story of this journey over the last 10 years will be presented during this talk.


Damien Clancy is Chairman of RUSAL Aughinish and an International Consultant for the UC RUSAL Group. The refinery is located on the Shannon estuary in the West of Ireland. RUSAL Aughinish is the largest overseas subsidiary of the Russian based company UC RUSAL, the world’s largest producer of aluminium and alumina. Damien joined the company in 1979 and held many roles ranging from R & D to Manufacturing to HR. He spent seven years in Canada, on two different work assignments – one in the main operating complex and the other in the Head Office in Montreal. He was Managing Director of RUSAL Aughinish for 12 years until December 2014. His period as Managing Director involved many diverse challenges such as ownership changes, major refinery reorganization, building the R&D capability and reputation plus implementing various critical survival strategies due to the impact of the 2009 world recession. Success was such that, today, in spite of no “strategic” advantages, RUSAL Aughinish is widely recognized in the alumina industry as the world benchmark refinery. His career and role as an International Consultant has involved extensive travel on business related matters working in countries and cultures as diverse as Canada, US, The Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Jamaica, Guinea, Brazil, Guyana, Australia, India, China, Ukraine and many parts of Russia. Damien received a mathematics (B.A.) and engineering degree (B.A.I.) from Trinity College Dublin in 1979. He holds a M.Sc. in Quality and Change Management from the University of Limerick (1993) and a M.Sc. in Business and Executive Coaching from National University of Ireland (UCD Smurfit Business School) (2013). In 2013 the University of Limerick appointed him as Adjunct Professor in Relationships in Multi-National Companies for the Faculty of Science & Engineering and Kemmy Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.), a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD) and a Member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D). He is a former member of University of Limerick Governing Authority. He previously held a number of roles in the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) - President of IBEC Mid-West, member of IBEC National Executive Committee and Director of IBEC.

DATE:           Thursday, 5 May 2016

TIME:            12h00

VENUE:        MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension


For further information, please contact: deanse@ul.ie