A fire this week at Albras aluminum plant has compromised up to quarter of its annual output.
In a statement, the company, which is part owned by Norsk Hydro, indicated that one of its four aluminum producing lines was shut down on March 2 after a fire broke out in the facility’s electrical transformer. The power failure in the line resulted in a shut down, but the other three lines weren’t affected.
The Albras plant produces 460,000mt of aluminum a year, and while it is still too early to know the financial impact of the line’s closure, as well as when operations will resume, the company said the fire was extinguished and there were no injuries.
Hydro owns 51pc of the northern Brazilian plant and Nippon Amazon Aluminum owns the remainder. The plant is located near Hydro’s Alunorte alumina refinery.