Alcoa studies hydro-powered smelter

The Greenland Home Rule Cabinet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alcoa to co-operate on a feasibility study for constructing a 340,000 tonne per year aluminium smelter in Greenland


The Greenland Home Rule Cabinet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alcoa to co-operate on a feasibility study for constructing a 340,000 tonne per year aluminium smelter in Greenland.



The MOU also encompasses a hydroelectric power system and related infrastructure improvements, including a port. The exact size and cost for the overall venture will be determined when the project plan is finalised.



Under the MOU, the parties will begin site selection, environmental studies, engineering assessments, and other aspects of the project. If the viability of the project is proved, ground breaking for the hydroelectric power system would be expected in 2010, and for the smelter in 2012. The smelter could then commence operation by the end of 2014.



Alcoa and the Greenland Home Rule Government will collaboratively identify preferred sites for the proposed smelter. The three municipalities of Nuuk, Sisimiut and Maniitsoq, which have all selected potential locations, support the project, and will take active part in the continued work. Final recommendations will go to the Greenland Home Rule Government for ratification.



Upon completion, this development project would represent one of the largest investments in Greenland’s history, stimulate economic growth and manufacturing diversity, create up to 600 jobs, and increase Greenland’s overall productivity and economic self-support.