Power cut hits smelter

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PRODUCTION was halted at an aluminium plant after a power cut.

An investigation has been launched after Lynemouth Power Station lost all power shortly before midnight on Tuesday, December 13.

As a result, there was no power supply available for the nearby Rio Tinto Alcan aluminium smelter.

A spokesman for the smelter said there was no injuries to any employees and no environmental damage caused by the incident, which happened during the course of normal operational activity.

Partial power was restored at 2am the following day, but lost again a short time later, and by 8am, some power was restored to the site.

The spokesman added: “The incident has left Line 2 of Lynemouth Smelter out of operation and Rio Tinto Alcan personnel are working to stabilise Line 1 at the plant.

“Rio Tinto Alcan has launched its full emergency procedures in response to the incident.”

Bosses at Rio Tinto recently announced plans to close the aluminium smelter, with the loss of 550 jobs.