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Rio Tinto to close its Lynemouth smelter

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012

Rio Tinto Alcan will close the Lynemouth aluminium smelter in Northumberland, England on 29 March 2012.  Closure follows an extensive period of consultation with employee representatives.

Jacynthe Côté, chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan said: “I am saddened by the closure of Lynemouth Smelter but we have reached this decision only after a thorough strategic review of the plant and a fair and transparent consultation process.  I have met with Lynemouth unions and staff members and I have great respect for the manner in which they have represented their colleagues during consultation.

“We will now focus on safely decommissioning the plant, working with our employees to mitigate the impact of redundancy on them and their families and partnering with all interested stakeholders on the future regional economic development of the Lynemouth site. We are in close contact with our customers to limit the impact on their businesses under the scope of our contractual agreements.”

Of the 515 people currently employed at the smelter, 323 will be made redundant in May 2012. Some operational activity in the smelter’s carbon and casting plants will continue in 2012.  The company’s ship unloading facility at the Port of Blyth will continue to operate for around 18 months and will be used to store and transport raw materials for the Lochaber Smelter in the Scottish Highlands until a more permanent solution is put in place.

A core team of around 60 employees will remain on site beyond the closure of all operations to work on decommissioning, remediation and regional economic development.

On the closure of smelting operations, Rio Tinto Alcan will immediately deploy its own Regional Economic Development (RED) programme with the objective of working alongside other agencies on long-term regeneration and job creation opportunities on the site.  The company will also consider credible expressions of third-party interest in Lynemouth’s carbon and casting plants.

Talks on the sale of Lynemouth Power Station are on-going and cannot be concluded until the regulations for its continued operation independent of the smelter are confirmed by the UK government.  Rio Tinto Alcan hopes to conclude these discussions in the coming months. 

Source: Rio Tinto

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