On the eastern side of Geelong is Point Henry. On it stands a fifty-year-old aluminium smelter and accompanying rolling mill.
This complex provides jobs for a thousand people and contributes to the livelihood of thousands more. Operated by Alcoa, Point Henry is, along with the Ford plant, one of the largest economic centres in Geelong.
The electricity consumption of Point Henry is massive. This is not Alcoa’s fault. While other industrial processes may use combustion or a chemical reaction, aluminium is made by passing a very large electric current though alumina.
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