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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 15,000 kilowatts of electricity daily – about two years’ consumption for an average household. It earns about $1.5 billion per year, mostly from sales in Japan and other parts of Asia. The smelter will cease production in 2021.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Transport, power and other advances', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2020)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015