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Rio Tinto forced to shut down potline 4 at Tiwai Point aluminum smelter due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, Apr 02, 2020

   According to the report, Rio Tinto would shut down its potline 4 at Tiwai Point aluminum smelter in order to meet the government restrictions and protect the health and safety of its 800 employees from contacting one another.

  The company’s potline 4 which just reopened in 2018 was the smallest one among the other three potlines and was able to produce around 31,000 tons of aluminum per year, accounting for 9% of the smelter’s total capacity.
  New Zealand Government had permitted this aluminum smelter to continue full operations even amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

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