Alcoa restores half its Australian aluminium output in wake of blackout

June 9, 2017

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Global aluminium maker Alcoa has restarted half the capacity at its aluminium smelter in Australia’s Victoria that was crippled by a state-wide blackout six months ago.

The Portland smelter has been running at a third of its 300 000 t/y capacity since a freak storm prompted the power outage in December, causing molten aluminium to solidify in the facility’s potlines and freezing production.

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