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Raw Material Problems Prompt Shutdown Of One Potline At Rio Tinto’s Iceland Aluminium Smelter

Raw Material Problems Prompt Shutdown Of One Potline At Rio Tinto’s Iceland Aluminium Smelter

One of three potlines at Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium smelter at Hafnarfjörður has been idled due to a dearth of raw materials. Such was the announcement made to industry media on Tuesday. “Operations at the ISAL smelter have been impacted recently due...

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Is Winter Coming for Iceland’s Aluminium Smelters?

Despite its location far north of the ecliptic and far distant from the world’s major industrial centers, Iceland has developed a robust and inexpensive energy infrastructure. The island’s location astride two major diverging tectonic plates and atop a massive mantle plume supplies it with an essentially inexhaustible supply of geothermal energy. Centuries-long use of hot […]

Workers at Rio Tinto’s Iceland Smelter to Block Aluminium Exports Over Wage Row

Workers at Rio Tinto’s Straumsvík plant have elected to stop loading aluminium onto shipping vessels starting next Wednesday. This is the latest move in a long-running labor dispute between the unions and plant management. The plant, located in Hafnarfjörður, has a yearly output of 180,000 metric tons and is responsible for fully one quarter of […]