The Victorian government has said that Alcoa’s Portland smelter has restored production capacity lost following a power outage in December last year that they say will boost the confidence for manufacturing workers and local businesses.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney met Alcoa workers and contractors to celebrate completion of the smelter restart, which has seen the smelter’s two potlines back online and the lost capacity restored.
Premier Daniel Andrews said, “It’s great to see the Portland smelter production restored – supporting local jobs and manufacturing. Our interventions have protected this crucial industry, saved local jobs and continue to support communities in Portland and throughout Victoria’s south west.”
The Victorian government has been working to keep the smelter operating, following the power outage that put its future in doubt.
Smelter employees, supply chain companies and Portland businesses now have greater certainty about their future. The smelter is Portland’s largest employer and more than 1,600 supply chain and indirect jobs depend on its continued operation.
It directly supports 650 employees and contractors, injects more than $120 million annually into the Portland region and generates about $386 million of broader economic benefit.