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Fire erupted in Rio Tinto's facility in Iceland

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Rio Tinto Alcan in Straumsvík
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Fire erupted in the Rio Tinto Alcan’s ISL aluminium smelter in Straumsvík, Southwest Iceland at night on September 3.

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According to Bjarni Már Gylfason, PR person for Rio Tinto in Iceland, workers managed to extinguish the fire without much injuries and minor damages.

The fire erupted mainly at the outdoor and the company said did not have a bearing on its closed potline.

The smelter's annual aluminium capacity is about 212,000 tonnes per annum and about a third of the smelter’s production takes place in building three.

The restarting phase is likely to take several months.

It was claimed that the arc flash formed in a pot because of the quality of alumina being used.

"Operations at the ISAL smelter have been impacted recently due to irregularities in raw material inputs," Matthew Klar, head of Rio Tinto Media Relations, Americas said to the press after the shutdown.

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