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Hydro changes raw material sourcing for German rolling mills

Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro ASA has decided to increase in-house primary metal sourcing, replacing less cost-efficient re-melting of cold metal as a source for its Neuss-Grevenbroich rolling mills.

In preparation for a ramp-up of primary sourcing in Neuss, planned for the first half 2013, Hydro has secured power contracts with Swedish energy group Vattenfall totalling 2.2 TWh (250 MW) annually over 5 years. The power contracts are a combination of new and existing power arrangements, the latter adapted for supplying Neuss operation.

The primary production in Neuss is dedicated to source Hydro’s rolled products business. The plant has sourced power on a short-term basis since the previous long-term contract expired in end-2005.

The smelter was integrated into Hydro’s Rolled Products business area January 1, 2012.

The Neuss plant, 100 percent owned by Hydro, is located in western Germany, close to Düsseldorf.