The first shipment of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) arrived in Reydarfjördur, in Iceland’s Eastfjords, yesterday. The new Alcoa Fjardarál smelter in Reydarfjördur is expected to begin operating around Easter.
The transport vessel Pine Arrow anchored at the pier in Reydarfjördur carrying 39,000 tons of aluminum oxide, the primary raw material used for producing aluminum, Fréttabladid reports.
Almost two tons of aluminum oxide are needed for producing one ton of aluminum, so about 20,000 tons of aluminum can be produced out of the aluminum oxide that arrived in Reydarfjördur yesterday.
According to the information officer of Alcoa Fjardarál Erna Indridadóttir, the smelter’s management plans to take its first aluminum pot into usage after one or two weeks.
Once all pots in the smelter are operating, about 20 transport vessels will arrive in Reydarfjördur every year.