VHE to Install Billet Homogenising Equipment at Rio Tinto Alcan's ISAL Smelter

Published on October 3, 2011 at 8:16 PM

VHE of Iceland has been awarded the contract to install Billet Homogenising Equipment at Rio Tinto Alcan's ISAL smelter at Straumsvík, Iceland.

The equipment, supplied by Hertwich Engineering of Germany, comprises three ultrasonic inspection stations, three electrically heated continuous homogenising and cooling facilities and two packaging stations.

Rio Tinto Alcan Iceland's ISAL Smelter

Hertwich awarded the installation contract to VHE after inviting tenders from suitably qualified installation contractors. The work, which involves more than 20 of VHE's skilled staff, began in mid-summer 2011 and is scheduled for completion in February 2012.

This installation is a part of Rio Tinto Alcan Iceland's smelter upgrade project, the ISAL Production Upgrade - or IPU - at the Straumsvik smelter. The casthouse production capacity will total 230.000 tpy of billets in diameters ranging from 178 mm to 254 mm, strengthening Rio Tinto Alcan Iceland's market position as supplier of high-quality billets in Northern Europe.

About VHE

Velaverkstaedi Hjalta Einarssonar - VHE is a major mechanical fabricator, offering a comprehensive range of design, manufacturing and site services. VHE now provides all Stimir solutions to the primary aluminium industry, with particular focus on the Rodding Plant. All aspects of design and fabrication are undertaken at VHE's own facilities, ensuring total quality control and on-time delivery.

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