28 April 2016

Bell Bay Aluminium has released its 2015 Sustainable Development report

The annual report provides a summary of the smelter’s health, safety, environment, business and community performance in 2015.

It also reflects on the smelter’s 60th anniversary celebrations and details a selection of projects and initiatives undertaken by employees over the past twelve months.

Key highlights for Bell Bay Aluminium in 2015 were:

  • BBA was the first aluminium smelter built in the Southern hemisphere and celebrated 60 years of operation in 2015.
  • BBA welcomed Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman and State Cabinet to the smelter's operation on Thursday, 3 September 2015. The site visit was part of the ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations at Bell Bay, which included two community open days, team lunches and cake for the entire site on the smelter's actual birthday—Wednesday 23 September.
  • In May 2015 BBA announced an agreement with Hydro Tasmania to supply an additional 33 megawatts (MW) of power to the smelter, increasing overall power supplied to 355MW. The additional energy supported continued amperage increases which in turn led to the achievement of a new hot metal tonnes record for the year.
  • In 2015 BBA committed to a number of important capital upgrades. Although the investment in these upgrades was moderate, the nature of the investments signalled a sense of permanency which has not been evident for the past few years. This included the construction on-site of an aluminium dross processing plant and the installation of a pipeline from the smelter's aging sewerage treatment plant to TasWater's facility, located five kilometres from the smelter site
  • BBA's Emergency Response Team picked up a first place and three second places at the annual Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council Emergency Response competition. This is the first time a team from the smelter has won one of the competition events.
  • On Saturday 30 October, 2015 Bell Bay Aluminium was presented with a special award for Commitment to WHS Excellence at the Tasmanian WorkSafe Awards 2015.

The 2015 Sustainable Development report can be found on here.