Lochaber Smelter

Rio Tinto Weighing Sale of French Aluminium Smelter

Rio Tinto Weighing Sale of French Aluminium Smelter

The resurgence of aluminium’s prices has prompted Anglo-Australian metals behemoth Rio Tinto Group to consider the sale of its 20-thousand-metric-ton-per-annum smelter in Dunkerque, France. According to a story that ran in The Australian this morning, Jean-Sebastien Jacques has been considering the sale...


Rio Tinto Sells Lochaber Plant to SIMEC Group for US$410 MM

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto announced yesterday that it had come to an agreement for the sale of its Lochaber plant to SIMEC Group and Liberty House for US$410 million. According to press releases issued by the companies involved, SIMEC’s sister company Liberty House will be the operator of the smelter. The sale includes hydroelectric […]

Rio Tinto Identifies Preferred Bidder for Scottish Smelter

Operators of a Rio Tinto smelter in western Scotland confirmed late last week that they were in talks to sell it to a “preferred bidder.” The Lochaber Smelter in Fort William, which is one of the region’s largest employers, is Rio’s last operational smelter in the United Kingdom. It has been in operation for almost […]