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Full steam ahead for smelter in next four years, boss says – Stuff.co.nz

Planning will begin to get the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter operations back to “full capacity” following news the plant would remain open for four more years.

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Planning will begin to get the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter operations back to full capacity following the announcement on Thursday that the plant would remain open for four more years.
Eight months ago majority owner Rio Tinto announced it would wind down the Tiwai plant which employs 1000 people and creates a further 1600 indirect jobs by August 2021 due to high energy and transmission costs.
However, a new power deal with Meridian Energy has resulted in Rio announcing on Thursday morning it…

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