Bell Bay Aluminium today announced the signing of an agreement with Hydro Tasmania for the supply of an additional 33 megawatts (MW) of power.
The agreement helps secure long-term future investment at the smelter and creates additional business opportunities and potentially construction jobs for local suppliers and contractors in Northern Tasmanian.
The commercial agreement increases power supplied to the smelter from 322MW to 355MW for its continuous 24-hour-a-day operation. This increase in power supply and a parallel capital investment program of around $30 million, about half of which will be sourced locally in Tasmania, will allow Bell Bay Aluminium to increase production.
Ray Mostogl, Bell Bay Aluminium’s General Manager, described the agreement as one of the important steps needed to ensure the smelter’s future in Tasmania.