31 August 2015

Anglesea power station closes

Today, after 46 years, Alcoa will officially close its Anglesea power station and mine operations.
Last week Anglesea Power Station Manager Warren Sharp paid tribute to the employees at what is a very sad time for them and their families. 
“For 46 years this has been a very well run and well maintained facility. Its success as a reliable power generator is the culmination of the hard work and determination of every employee, every contractor, every supplier, every partner, and every community member who has supported us, and advocated for us, over that journey”, Mr Sharp said. 
“I certainly could not be more proud of the contribution our employees have made to our company and to the Anglesea community. I’m especially proud of the way they have safely gone about their work over the past three months, despite it being a very challenging time for them and their families.”
Last Thursday Alcoa announced $225,000 in grants to 14 long term community partners to help them transition to a future without Alcoa.
Tomorrow, the site will be handed over to Alcoa’s Asset Planning and Management group for future decommissioning and rehabilitation.  Alcoa has considerable Australian and international expertise in mine rehabilitation and industrial site remediation and has estimated US$40 – US$45 million for asset retirement and rehabilitation at Anglesea.
Three employees will be based at the Anglesea site supported by a team of 10 based at Point Henry in Geelong.
Alcoa will continue to engage with the community about the final closure plan in line with the endorsed Mine Plan.
Further information:
Anglesea station powers down – view media release here.
Anglesea community groups share in Alcoa grants – view media release here.
Anglesea Community Consultation Network August meeting – view snapshot here.
Media contacts: 
Kate Betts – 0400 209 497
Brian Doy – 0404 800 690