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Rio Tinto Promises Carbon-Free Smelting Technology At Tiwai Point

Rio Tinto Promises Carbon-Free Smelting Technology At Tiwai Point

New Zealand’s Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter is in line to possibly become the world’s first carbon-free aluminium smelter after a productive discussion between the heads of Rio Tinto Group and the New Zealand government last week. A Kiwi news source says Rio...

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Quebec Firm Develops Autonomous Vehicle Specially Designed For Aluminium Smelters

Quebec’s construction and manufacturing equipment maker Mecfor revealed last week a revolutionary new vehicle designed for autonomously navigating the rigorous and varied conditions found in the aluminium production industry. Mecfor’s vehicle, named AGV TEAM, is guided in an automated fashion, and built with the ability to navigate in situations unique to aluminium smelters, including heavy […]

Alba Commissions State-of-the-Art Batch Homogenizer in Casthouse 3

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced last week the commissioning of a high-tech batch homogenizer for use in production of specialized billet at its Casthouse 3. The homogenizer, which was provided by SMS group’s Hertwich Engineering as part of the Alba Casthouse 3 Batch Homogenizing Extension Project, will be used for heat treatment of 6xxx, 1xxx […]

Norsk Hydro Brings Final Electrolysis Cell Online at Karmøy Technology Pilot Plant

The full compliment of 60 electrolysis cells are now online at Norsk Hydro A.S.A.’s Karmøy technology pilot. Hydro made the announcement yesterday, noting that the NOK4.3 billion site will provide a launch pad for the firm’s development of high-efficiency, low-pollution electrolysis of aluminium. At Karmøy the firm is testing a method for smelting primary aluminium […]

Altech Inks US$60 MM Stream Finance Deal for High-Purity Alumina Project

Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. announced yesterday that the firm has landed a non-binding term sheet with a United States investment group for a US$60 million stream finance facility supporting its high-purity alumina (HPA) project. Per Altech, the unnamed financier has agreed to advance Altech the US$60 million facility up front for a percentage of […]