New Zealand Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point is the country's largest single power user © Dianne Manson/Getty Images
New Zealand Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point is the country's largest single power user © Dianne Manson/Getty Images

Rio Tinto threatens NZ smelter with closure

28 October 2019

Mining giant Rio Tinto has warned that it may shut New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) or reduce production due to a weak market and high energy costs, in a move that could send ripples through the economy.

Rio Tinto said it planned to conduct a strategic review of its interest in NZAS, located at Tiwai Point, to “determine the operation’s ongoing viability and competitive position”.

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