Hydro closed the Kurri Kurri plant’s remaining primary metal production in September 2012, and stopped producing casthouse products in October 2012.
The Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter began operation in 1969 and was acquired by Hydro, a member of Hydro Aluminium Group based in Norway, in 2002.
Hydro Aluminium produced various types of ingots which are used to produce a vast range of products, including roofing materials, foil, truck bodies, boats, doors, windows, commercial shopfronts, cables, tubing and many others.
Hydro Aluminium invested $40 million to upgrade the last remaining side-worked prebake technology in Australia. This upgrade was completed in November 2005 and aimed to significantly reduce emissions and increase production capacity by 6,800 tonnes per annum.
The Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter closed in 2012.