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Minister of Industry: News of Smelter Incorrect

By Iceland Review

Minister of Industry Össur Skarphédinsson said at Iceland’s Althingi parliament yesterday that Rio Tinto Alcan had not canceled its planned enlargement of the aluminum smelter in Straumsvík near Hafnarfjördur, as reported by Fréttabladid yesterday.

The Straumsvík smelter. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The news story said that director of Rio Tinto Alcan in Canada Jacynthe Côté had notified Skarphédinsson of the cancellation of the enlargement in a phone call, Fréttabladid reports.

Skarphédinsson said he had indeed talked with Côté, but that she had called to notify him that the enlargement plans for Straumsvík would not be canceled, although the dates of certain parts of the project could be subject to change.

Ólafur Teitur Gudnason, managing director of the communications division of Alcan in Iceland, also said that Côté had informed him yesterday that she had not announced to Skarphédinsson that the enlargement plans had been abolished.

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