End of the line for hot metal

HOT metal works at Lynemouth will end today after 40 years of smelting.

The pot rooms are the first to stop operating at the Rio Tinto Alcan site and their 323 staff will leave at the end of May when decommissioning work will begin.

The carbon plant will continue until August, producing material for the company’s Fort William plant and the casting plant, working with cold metal, is expected to continue until the end of the year to supply customers.

Operations at the Port of Blyth for the company are expected to continue for around 18 months to bring in raw material for the Fort William base.

Decommissioning of the smelter site is expected to take around two years, employing about 30 of the plant’s workers.

If demolition is then required it is likely that specialist contractors will be brought in.