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Anglesey Aluminium

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Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd
TypeJoint Venture
Key people
Managing director: Brian King, Organisational Support Manager: Colin Webb, Business support manager: Steven Duggan
OwnerRio Tinto Group and Kaiser Aluminium
Number of employees

Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd, which shut down on 30 September 2009, was a joint venture between the Rio Tinto Group and Kaiser Aluminum.

Its aluminium smelter, located on the outskirts of Holyhead, was one of the largest employers in North Wales, with 540 staff members, and began to produce aluminium in 1971. It was built on the Penrhos Estate, 500 acres of which were sold by the Stanley family for the project. Up until its closure it produced up to 142,000 tonnes of aluminium every year and was the biggest single user of electricity (255 MW) in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

Alumina and coke shipped from Jamaica and Australia would berth at the company's private jetty in Holyhead harbour. This jetty is linked by a series of conveyor belts passing through tunnels to the plant. A spur rail link from the main Holyhead to London rail line runs into the plant and was used for both receipt of raw materials and despatch of aluminium.

The plant was powered from the National Grid and received most of its electricity from Wylfa nuclear power station 15 miles away. AA was used as a base load for Wylfa and saved the grid the cost of keeping a power station on standby. The power contract terminated in 2009, and the aluminium smelting operation was shut down as no new contract was negotiated.[3][4] The company has announced tentative plans for a biomass plant on the site, but smelting operations have been halted and the plant mothballed until 2016.[5]

Near the smelter the Aluminium Powder Company (ALPOCO) produces aluminium powder, which is used in pastes, pigments, chemicals, metallurgy, refractory, propulsion, pyrotechnics, spray deposition and powder metallurgy. Adjacent to the site is the public access Penrhos Country Park.

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See also


  1. ^ "Quiz of the week's news". BBC News. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  2. ^ "AAM - who we are". Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 April 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2004. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Final shift at Anglesey Aluminium". BBC News. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  4. ^ David Robertson and Carl Mortished (16 January 2009). "The end for UK's biggest energy user as Rio Tinto shuts Anglesey aluminium smelter". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Firm's biomass plant plan on show". BBC News. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

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