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Fire Erupted at Rio Tinto's ISL Aluminium Smelter

Metal News - Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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Fire erupted at the Rio Tinto Alcan’s ISL aluminium smelter in Straumsvík, Southwest Iceland at night on September 3. According to Bjarni Mar Gylfason, PR person for Rio Tinto in Iceland, workers managed to extinguish the fire without much injuries and minor damages. The fire erupted mainly at the outdoor and the company said did not have a bearing on its closed potline.
On Friday, August 30, two out of the 160 pots in its building number three were restarted, but they had been turned off for security reasons. The pots were closed since July 21, when an arc flash formed in one of them. The smelter's annual aluminium capacity is about 212,000 tonnes per annum and about a third of the smelter’s production takes place in building three. The restarting phase is likely to take several months.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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