MONTREAL, June 13 /PRNewswire/ - Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd. (AAM),
U.K., 51 percent owned by Rio Tinto Alcan, suffered a significant failure
in the rectifier yard on the evening of June 12 that resulted in a
localised fire in one of the power transformers. The fire was extinguished
by the local fire brigade.
"Safety of our employees is our first priority and we are grateful that
there were no injuries or environmental impacts to the surrounding
community as a result of the incident," said David Bloor, Managing Director
of Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd.
The incident resulted in a loss of power across the smelter and
employees are working to restore operational stability.
Due to safety and operational reasons, some capacity has been taken off
line. The smelter is currently operating at one third of its total capacity
of 148,000 tonnes.
The incident and overall impact is under investigation. Once the
situation has stabilized operational alternatives will be evaluated.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc)
and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in
Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America,
Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN