If GFG cannot reassert control of the two plants in Belgium and France, it would leave its aluminium operations in Lochaber as its only European smelter business.
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Scottish ministers were advised last week that their deal with GFG Alliance to save the Lochaber smelter may have broke the rules as details of the agreement were made public for the first time.
With the clocking ticking down to the five-year anniversary of the deal, there are now growing calls for the community land transaction agreement to be honoured.
GFG Alliance said Lochaber smelter’s strong earnings performance last year provided a good platform for GFG’s plans to nearly double its capacity with a new recycling and billet casting plant at Fort William.
The smelter on the outskirts of Fort William is part of GFG’s Alvance British Aluminium set-up.
East Lochaber Community Trust, which wanted to buy estate lands back in 2017, is still hopeful of success. But this week, asked about community land transfer, GFG Alliance was less than forthcoming.
Alvance Aluminium put forward the plans to build a new casting factory to produce up to 100,000 tonnes annually of long round shapes called billets using recycled metal for use in the construction industry.
Mr Erskine, Scottish Labour Candidate for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch for the Scottish parliamentary elections in May, said the Lochaber smelter is vital to the Highlands and should be at the heart of any green economic recovery to the region as the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.