New aluminium recycling plant from Norsk Hydro
Hydro will construct a new state-of-the-art aluminium recycling plant producing 120,000 tonnes of aluminium extrusion ingot per year. Construction is set to start in early Q2 2022, with production commencing in 2023. The plant will have approximately 70 direct employees.
“The Cassopolis greenfield development will mark the first large-scale production of Hydro CIRCAL extrusion ingot in North America. We look forward to bringing this high-quality, low-carbon product to our most demanding customers,” says Eivind Kallevik, Executive Vice President of Hydro Aluminium Metal.
Unique to Hydro, Hydro CIRCAL extrusion ingot contains at least 75% post-consumer scrap certified by third-party auditors DNV GL and has a market-leading CO2 footprint of just 2.3 kg CO2e/kg aluminium. With a growing focus on sustainably produced aluminium, a number of North American customers have expressed interest in Hydro CIRCAL.
Applications will include critical automotive applications and other transportation sectors, consumer applications and building systems. In anticipation of the capacity at Cassopolis, Hydro will deliver initial quantities of Hydro CIRCAL to US customers from its plant in Commerce, Texas, before the end of 2021.
“The Cassopolis project represents a key stepping-stone toward Hydro’s goal of doubling recycling of post-consumer scrap in its production processes and providing an EBITDA uplift of NOK 0.7-1.1 billion from the recycling operations by 2025,” says Kallevik.
The expected investment is currently estimated to be around $140 million, depending on final facility design, market conditions and macroeconomic development. By applying technologies developed at the Hydro recycling plants in Clervaux, Luxembourg, and Azuqueca, Spain, Hydro will be able to recycle up to 40,000 tonnes of post-consumer scrap at the new facility.