Alcan Smelting and Power UK said this week it is to invest £8.3m at its aluminium smelter at Lynemouth, Northumberland. The decision was announced to coincide with a visit to the site by energy minister John Battle on Tuesday.
The new investment will create a cast iron rodding plant at Lynemouth which will increase capacity by 7,500 tonnes a year to 80,000 tonnes.
Brochot, a French company is to supply the furnace equipment; the cast iron material will be supplied by Abbey Metals of Glasgow and management of the project will be handled by Bechtel and Rick Telfair, at Lynemouth. Full production is planned for May next year.
Frank McGravie, managing director of Alcan Smelting and Power UK said: ‘This investment is a further tribute to the efforts and commitment of our 500-strong workforce at the complex and further secures their jobs in the years ahead.
‘This is the third significant investment at Lynemouth in the space of 18 months.’
Planned investment at the plant now totals £87m. It is currently undergoing a £50m refurbishment of a mothballed potline as well as environmental upgrades costing £28.7m.