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Bell Bay Aluminium to temporarily reduce power consumption

Feb 04 2016

Bell Bay Aluminium (BBA) has announced that the smelter will reduce power consumption by around 10% (between 30-40 megawatts) for up to four to five months, commencing today. 

BBA General Manager Ray Mostogl said: "Tasmania currently faces a challenging time due to the combination of historically low dam storage levels, the lowest spring rainfall on record and the extended outage of the Basslink cable.

"We have reached an agreement with Hydro Tasmania on the best energy savings measure we can provide to assist with managing Tasmania's energy security during this difficult time.

"BBA has more than 60 years of history with Hydro Tasmania. As the State's largest consumer of electricity we have been in negotiations with Hydro since the Basslink outage occurred to ensure this measure minimises the impact on the smelter's viability.

"We are not planning on reducing our permanent workforce numbers however a reduction in power consumption will have some impact on production, and potentially to the number of contractors working on site during this period.

"We will work with our national and international customers, Hydro Tasmania, State Government, suppliers and the local community to minimise any impact. Potentially there may be redeployment opportunities available for some contractors from BBA to support Hydro Tasmania with work on additional generation assets."

In the event that this situation materially changes, BBA will issue a further update.

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