Welcome to New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited (NZAS) is New Zealand's only aluminium smelter and is located on Tiwai Peninsula, across the harbour from Bluff in the province of Southland.
NZAS is 79.36 per cent owned by Pacific Aluminium and 20.64 per cent owned by Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Company. NZAS is a tolling plant, producing primary aluminium in the form of ingot, billet and rolling block. The majority of the plant's alumina is supplied from the Yarwun and Queensland Alumina refineries at Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. Around 90 per cent of the aluminium produced at NZAS is exported.
In the 1960s, Tiwai Point was chosen as the location for an aluminium smelter for a number of reasons. Aluminium smelting requires a large and very reliable power source to continually supply electricity to reduction cells, and Tiwai Point's proximity to the then proposed Manapouri Power Station made it an attractive location. In addition, Tiwai Point was close to the deep sea port of Bluff and the well established infrastructure of the City of Invercargill. The smelter commenced operations in 1971.
NZAS contributes $525 million to the Southland economy (10.5 per cent of Southland's GDP) and $1,600 million in Southland regional sales, with export revenue of around $1 billion each year. Approximately 800 full time equivalent employees and contractors work at the smelter.
3 August 2015 - NZAS power contract variation agreed
New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited (NZAS) and Meridian have today entered into a revised contract for 572MW until 2030, allowing the smelter's three potlines to remain fully operational ... read more
1 July 2015 - NZAS & Meridian extend termination notice date
New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited (NZAS) and Meridian Energy Limited have agreed today to extend the termination notice date of the smelter's 572MW electricity contract from 1 July 2015 to 3 August 2015 ... read more
23 April 2015 - Upswing in results but smelter still vulnerable after two years of losses
Pacific Aluminium (New Zealand) Limited has reported underlying earnings of $56 million for 2014 ... read more
24 June 2014 - Another disappointing result for Tiwai Smelter's owner
Rio Tinto Alcan (New Zealand) Limited (RTANZ) today released its annual financial report for the year ending 31 December 2013 ... read more
4 June 2014 - NZAS to appeal the Employment Court's Lieu Days decision
NZAS will seek leave to appeal the Employment Court's decision on acrual of 'lieu days' for 12-hour shift workers ... read more
8 August 2013 - NZAS signs new electricity agreement for Tiwai Point smelter
The immediate future of New Zealand's Tiwai Point aluminium smelter has been secured through the signing of a long term electricity agreement ... read more
20 March 2013 - Ryan Cavanagh to leave NZAS
NZAS General Manager, Ryan Cavanagh, will leave the smelter at the end of April to take up the position of General Manager at Pacific Aluminium's Gove bauxite mine and alumina refinery ... read more
13 March 2013 - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited commences reduction of electricity load
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter has commenced reducing its electricity load from 572MW to 540MW due to extremely low hydro lake levels ... read more
3 December 2012 - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited completes 2012 organisation restructure
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited (NZAS) has completed its plan to reduce the size of its organisation by 100 roles by the end of November ... read more
29 October 2012 - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited halts $70 million in capital expenditure
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited (NZAS) today announced it will immediately halt $70 million in planned capital expenditure, including $15 million for the remainder of 2012 and for 2013. Capital work that is critical to business operations and health, safety and environment will continue ... read more
17 October 2012 - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited finalises proposal to streamline operations
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited (NZAS) has finalised the proposal to streamline its operations to help return the smelter to viability in increasingly difficult economic conditions ... read more
5 September 2012 - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited continues to streamline operations
New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter Limited (NZAS) is continuing to streamline its operations to help return the smelter to viability in increasingly difficult economic conditions. The smelter today announced that it will bring forward existing plans to resize ... read more