New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) is New Zealand's only aluminium smelter and is located on Tiwai Peninsula, across the harbour from Bluff in Southland.
NZAS is 79.36 per cent owned by Rio Tinto 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 $406 million to the Southland economy (6.5 per cent of Southland's GDP) with export revenue of around $1 billion each year. Approximately 1,000 full time equivalent employees and contractors work at the smelter.
In July 2020, Rio Tinto announced the planned wind-down of operations and eventual closure of NZAS, scheduled for August 2021. The decision followed a strategic review and extensive discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, which showed the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the aluminium industry.
We will continue working with our partners as we progress towards closure, and will do all we can – together with the government – to find ways to support the Southland community.
Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone : +64 3 218 5999
Private Bag 90110
Invercargill 9840, New Zealand
C/O 3 Spey Street
Invercargill, New Zealand
Level 10, 342 Lambton Quay
PO Box 1665
Phone: +64 4 916 1496
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today officially re-opened Potline 4 at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) at Tiwai Point. Majority owner Rio Tinto has invested NZ$6 million this year to upgrade and restart Potline 4 at the smelter, adding 31,000 tonnes of production capacity. ... Read more
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New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) is delighted to welcome Stewart (Stew) Hamilton back to site in his new role of Chief Executive and site General Manager. Stew will begin in the role on 2 July 2018 and will have a two-week handover with Gretta Stephens in May. ...
After four years as the Chief Executive and General Manager of New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) Gretta Stephens has announced her resignation to join BlueScope Steel as Chief Executive New Zealand and Pacific Islands. ...
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Pacific Aluminium (New Zealand) Limited (PacAl NZ) has reported its interest in New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS), showing underlying earnings of NZ$54 million for 2015, a decrease of NZ$2 million on the previous year. ... Read more
NZAS has today received the decision of the Supreme Court declining its application for leave to appeal the lieu days matter. ... Read more
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Rio Tinto Alcan (New Zealand) Limited (RTANZ) today released its annual financial report for the year ending 31 December 2013 ... Read more
NZAS will seek leave to appeal the Employment Court's decision on acrual of 'lieu days' for 12-hour shift workers ... Read more
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