Victoria

Portland smelter completes restart

The Victorian Government has welcomed news that Alcoa’s Portland smelter has restored production capacity lost following a power outage in December 2016, boosting confidence for manufacturing workers and local businesses.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney met Alcoa workers and contractors to celebrate completion of the smelter restart, which has seen the smelter’s two potlines back online and the lost capacity restored.

The Victorian Government worked tirelessly to keep the smelter operating, following the power outage that threatened its future.

Smelter employees, supply chain companies and Portland businesses now have greater certainty about their future.

The smelter is Portland’s largest employer and more than 1,600 supply chain and indirect jobs depend on its continued operation.

It directly supports 650 employees and contractors, injects more than $120 million annually into the Portland region and generates about $386 million of broader economic benefit.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided a further $500,000 to create jobs and support economic growth across the Glenelg region.

Source: Vic Government