Alvance adds further live sessions to smelter expansion consultation

The new proposal would see scrap aluminium recycled in a new £94M project alongside the smelter, pictured. Photograph: Sandy Young Photography. NO-F47-Molten-aluminium-2-1-scaled.jpg
The new proposal would see scrap aluminium recycled in a new £94M project alongside the smelter, pictured. Photograph: Sandy Young Photography. NO-F47-Molten-aluminium-2-1-scaled.jpg

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Alvance Aluminium, part of metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, is to hold two additional live events as part of the consultation on plans for a new £94m recycling and aluminium billet plant at its Lochaber smelter in Fort William.

The public consultation is running online until March 15 and following the first live consultation event last week, Alvance will host two further online sessions from 10.30-11.30am on Tuesday March 9, and from 4-5pm on Thursday March 11. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions through a live chat function.

Brian King, chairman of Alvance British Aluminium, said: ‘We are encouraged by the response so far but also conscious that the current pandemic restrictions and the requirement to conduct the consultation virtually present their own challenges.

‘Therefore, we have decided to hold further virtual drop-in sessions to ensure everyone who wants to participate can do so.’

Alvance announced plans in November for a new recycling and casting facility that will double its aluminium production at the smelter from over 40,000 tonnes per annum to more than 80,000 tonnes by utilising domestic scrap aluminium that is currently exported.

Once approved, Alvance says the new integrated business plan and associated developments will secure the long-term future of the Fort William smelter, safeguarding 200 local jobs and creating 70 new ‘high quality’ roles.

Subject to approvals and any further impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alvance aims to commence the new development works in 2021 and target full operation by 2024.

The consultation is available to view at website: alvancealuminiumgroup.com, while questions and feedback can also be sent to a dedicated email address at downstream@alvancegroup.com