Bell Bay aluminium smelter

Bell Bay aluminium smelter

The Bell Bay aluminium smelter is located on the Tamar River at Bell Bay, Tasmania, Australia. The smelter has a production capacity of 178,000 tonnes of aluminium per year [cite web
url=http://www.riotinto.com/documents/investors_databook/RTdatabook.pdf
title=Rio Tinto 2006 Data Book
accessdate=2007-08-19
] It is owned and operated by Rio Tinto Aluminium.

History

The Bell Bay smelter commenced production in 1955 as a joint venture between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments. The smelter was the first built in the Southern Hemisphere primarily to overcome difficulties importing aluminium during wartime. Bell Bay was chosen as the location because of the available hydroelectric power and deep water facilities. Rio Tinto Aluminium purchased the smelter in 1960, when production was about 12,000 tonnes per year.

The original potline (Line 1) used British Aluminium
Söderberg technology. It was converted to use
prebake anodes in 1965 and shut down in 1981.

Technology

The smelter currently comprises three potlines of
Kaiser P-57 reduction cells [cite web
url=http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/0002/Tabereaux-0002.html
title=Alton Tabereaux - 'Prebake Cell Technology: A Global Review', JOM, 52 (2), pp 22-28.
accessdate=2007-08-19
]

Line 2 and Line 3 were built in the early 1960s. Line 4 was builtin two stages in the early 1980s.

See also

* Rio Tinto Aluminium
* Aluminium smelting

References

External links

* [http://www.riotinto.com Rio Tinto] corporate web site


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bell Bay Pulp Mill — The Bell Bay Pulp Mill, also known as the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill, is a proposed $2 billion pulp mill which Gunns Limited is planning to build in the Tamar Valley, near Launceston, Tasmania.The proposed mill will use the Kraft process, Elemental… …   Wikipedia

  • Rio Tinto Aluminium — Parent Rio Tinto Group Rio Tinto Aluminium (previously known as Comalco) is now known as Rio Tinto Alcan after Rio s takeover of Alcan. It was the world s eighth largest aluminium company. It mines and manufactures bauxite, alumina and primary… …   Wikipedia

  • History of Tasmania — The history of Tasmania begins at the end of the most recent ice age (approximately 10 000 years ago) when it is believed that the island was joined to the Australian mainland.Indigenous peopleTasmania was totally inhabited by an indigenous… …   Wikipedia

  • Rio Tinto Group — Rio Tinto Limited plc Type Public company (ASX: RIO, LSE:  …   Wikipedia

  • Geelong — This article is about the Victorian city; the name may also refer to City of Geelong or Geelong city centre. Geelong Victoria …   Wikipedia

  • Moolap, Victoria — Moolap Geelong, Victoria Salt pans at the Cheetham Saltworks. Population …   Wikipedia

  • George Town — /ˈdʒɔdʒ taʊn/ (say jawj town) noun 1. Also, Penang, Pinang. the leading seaport in north western Malaysia, capital of Penang state, in north eastern Penang Island. 2. a town in northern Tasmania, near the mouth of the Tamar River; site of the… …  

  • NBN Television — This article is about the Australian television station. For the Philippine station, see National Broadcasting Network. NBN Television Launched 4 March 1962 Owned by Nine Entertainment Co. Picture format 576i (SDTV) …   Wikipedia

  • Business and Industry Review — ▪ 1999 Introduction Overview        Annual Average Rates of Growth of Manufacturing Output, 1980 97, Table Pattern of Output, 1994 97, Table Index Numbers of Production, Employment, and Productivity in Manufacturing Industries, Table (For Annual… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”