Statement regarding Portland Aluminium

Media release
05 December 2016

Statement regarding Portland Aluminium

The State Government must do everything in its power to ensure operations at the Portland Smelter are fully restored following a blackout on Thursday, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.

The smelters operations were shut down after power supply was interrupted on Thursday for more than six hours.

Mrs Britnell said the problem
was at the Heywood Interconnector and had been caused by a transmission problem on the Victorian side.

She said she understands aluminium in production at the time of the blackout has solidified.

She said it was her understanding it was the first time in the plant’s 30 year history power had failed.

“This interruption is completely unacceptable,” Mrs Britnell said

“Its cause must be fully investigated and the state government must help Alcoa get the plant back into full operation.

“Any damage to the pots is the biggest concern. At a time when Alcoa is facing already thin profit margins, unexpected issues that are out of the company’s control that may have caused damage to the plant are of major concern.

“The government and the energy market operator must do everything in their power to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“I’m worried about the impact this will have on jobs and the future viability of the plant.”

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