Smelter offered millions to stay put

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 2 : 14-Dec-20

Alcoa’s aluminium smelter at Portland in Victoria will receive $76.8m from the Australian Energy Market Operator for load-shedding during periods of peak demand for electricity. The payments from AEMO’s Reliability & Emergency Reserve Trade scheme will be guaranteed by the federal government. Energy Minister Angus Taylor stresses that the payments do not constitute a subsidy; instead, they will compensate Alcoa for its role in stabilising the electricity grid. The deal will in itself not ensure the future of the smelter, which remains under pressure due to high energy costs.

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ALCOA INCORPORATED, ALCOA OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY MARKET OPERATOR LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, ENERGY AND RESOURCES

Alcoa smelter’s future in the balance

Original article by Matt Johnston
Herald Sun – Page: 5 : 30-Oct-20

The Australia Institute has released a report which warns that the closure of Alcoa’s Portland aluminium smelter would reduce GDP by $800m and result in the loss of 3,600 jobs. The report was commissioned by Ben Davis of the Australian Workers’ Union, who says the economic impact of the smelter’s closure would be "unprecedented". He adds that the smelter helps to stabilise the electricity grid during periods of peak usage during summer. Both the Victorian and federal government are holding talks with Alcoa about the plant’s future.

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ALCOA INCORPORATED, ALCOA OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES

Portland smelter survives cuts but future uncertain

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 15 : 24-Apr-20

Alcoa announced a review of its loss-making aluminium smelters in September, with its Portland smelter in Victoria one of the smelters under scrutiny. Alcoa advised on 22 April that it would be closing its Intalco smelter in the US, as well as indicating it will speed up its review of loss-making assets because of the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcoa CFO Bill Oplinger said the pandemic was making it harder for the company to sell its unwanted assets, reducing the prospect of finding a ‘white knight’ for Portland should Alcoa’s review of it be unfavourable.

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ALCOA INCORPORATED, ALUMINA LIMITED – ASX AWC

Threat to strike as union job axed

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 4 : 29-Mar-18

Alcoa and the Australian Workers’ Union are negotiating a new enterprise agreement for workers at the Portland aluminium smelter in Victoria. However, the AWU is resisting Alcoa’s push to abolish the full-time position of union convener, which boasts an annual salary of $A123,000. The convener solely undertakes union-related duties at the smelter, and Alcoa contends that the position is not necessary given that the AWU already has a full-time organiser at the site. The AWU has warned of the potential for strike action over the issue.

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ALCOA OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES

Smelter’s future hanging on power supply deal

Original article by Pia Akerman, Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: 2 : 22-Dec-16

The Federal and Victorian environment ministers, Greg Hunt and Wade Noonan, have held talks with Alcoa CEO Roy Harvey in New York. Harvey declined to make a commitment regarding the future of the Portland aluminium smelter, despite being offered some $A230m worth of federal and state financial assistance to keep the plant open. He said the smelter’s fate depends on the outcome of negotiations with AGL Energy regarding a new power supply agreement.

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ALCOA INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, VICTORIA. DEPT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOBS, TRANSPORT AND RESOURCES, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, AUSTRALIA. CLEAN ENERGY FINANCE CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, KEPPEL PRINCE ENGINEERING PTY LTD