Overview
Set in a unique costal heathland just south of the city of Portland, the Portland Aluminium smelter is a joint venture project between Alcoa 55% (which manages the operations of the smelter), CITIC 22.5% and Marubeni 22.5%.
 
Production began at Portland Aluminium in 1986 and today the smelter produces approximately 358,000 tonnes of aluminium a year.  Alcoa is one of Victoria’s largest exporters with all of the aluminium produced at Portland Aluminium exported to the Asian market. Total exports equate to approximately $649 million per annum.
 
The Portland Aluminium smelter sits on approximately 600 hectares of land with the smelter operations, ancillary buildings and roads occupying 100 hectares. The remaining 500 hectares of this land has been transformed into wetlands and parklands, giving Portland Aluminium its status as the ‘Smelter in the Park’.  The ‘Smelter in the Park’ is recognised worldwide as a benchmark for industrial and environmental harmony and has been used as a model for some of Alcoa’s other facilities around the world.

Alcoa is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates. Since 2008, Portland Aluminium has invested more than $1 million in local partnerships and sponsorships.
 
The smelter provides more than 540 direct jobs, as well as a contractual workforce of approximately 180.  Portland Aluminium contributes $100 million in wages, $45 million in maintenance and contractor services and $7 million in council rates, royalties and community contributions into the Portland region each year.
 
 

Portland Aluminium Aerial View

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Portland Aluminium Aerial View


Aerial view of Portland Aluminium's smelting operatons at Point Danger, Portland, Victoria