Tomago aluminium smelter

Tomago aluminium smelter

The Tomago aluminium smelter is located at
Tomago, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 13 km West of Newcastle. It is a major industrial site in the Port Stephens LGA. The smelter has a production capacity of 520,000 tonnes of aluminium (ingot, billet and slab) per year. [cite web
url=http://www.alcan.com/web/publishing.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/Business+Groups/$FILE/Primary_Metal.pdf
title=Alcan Primary Metal
accessdate=2007-08-20
] It is operated by Tomago Aluminium Company, a joint venture owned by [cite web
url=http://www.tomago.com.au/about_us.asp
title=Tomago Aluminium - About us
accessdate=2007-08-25
] :
*Rio Tinto Alcan, 51.55%
*Gove Aluminium Finance Ltd, 36.05% (owned 70% by CSR Limited and 30% by AMP Limited)
*Hydro Aluminium, 12.40%

History

The Tomago plant was started in 1983 using Pechiney AP18 technology.Two potlines with 240 pots each were built and operated at181 kA for a production of 240 000 tonnes per year.In 1993, a third AP18 potline with 280 pots was commissioned.After potline 3 start up, current on the three potlines was182 kA for a production of 385 000 tonnes per year.In 1998, the potlines 1 and 2 were extended with 20 pots at theend of each room, making 280 cell per line. The production of Tomago was increased by50 000 tonnes to 435 000 tonnes per year.In 2002 the plant commenced the AP22 project toreach the a line current of 226 kA in 2007. [cite conference
first = Laurent
last = Fiot
coauthors = Jamey, Chris; Backhouse,Nigel; Vanvoren, Claude
title = Tomago Aluminium AP22 Project
booktitle = Light Metals 2004
pages = 173-178
publisher = TMS
]

Technology

The smelter currently comprises three potlines of 280 Pechiney AP18 (AP22) 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
]

See also

* Aluminium smelting
* List of aluminium smelters

References

External links

* [http://www.tomago.com.au/about_us.asp Tomago Aluminium] corporate web site


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