Delfzijl aluminium smelter hit by high energy prices, seeks new money


The Aldel aluminium smelter in Delfzijl has been granted court protection from its creditors by judges in Groningen while it attempts to find new external financing.

The factory stopped producing aluminium some time ago, blaming high energy prices and the lack of government support, leaving 120 people without work.

In September it stopped processing imported aluminium, leaving a further 200 people without jobs. Since then the factory has remained in a ‘care and maintenance’ phase.

The court appointed curators are now looking for potential buyers to take over the plant, which is a major employer in the Groningen town.

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