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Aluminium smelter, Tīwai Point

Aluminium smelter, Tīwai Point

The New Zealand aluminium smelter plant at Tīwai Point, opposite Bluff, makes aluminium from bauxite shipped from Queensland, Australia. It is powered from the Manapōuri hydroelectric power station in Fiordland. The plant uses about 15,000 MWh of electricity per day – the annual consumption of a thousand average households. It earns about $1.5 billion per year, mostly from sales in Japan and other parts of Asia. The smelter is expected to cease production in 2024.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Transport, power and other advances', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20116/aluminium-smelter-tiwai-point (accessed 30 July 2021)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015