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US aluminium smelters-utilities link collapsing

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 05:50
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Power accounts for almost a quarter of Alcoa's costs of producing aluminum, company filings show. It takes about 17,000 kilowatt hours of electricity to make just one tonne of aluminum.

Houston

THE business of making aluminium in the US is collapsing - and no other industry has watched the demise as closely as the one that supplies the power used to create molten metal in giant pots.

For more than a century, America's aluminium processors and the electricity