Find your perfect place

Accommodation Category
Location
Feature 100 0025 img

Liberty British Aluminium

Lochaber Smelter, Fort William, PH33 6LY

View Full Map

Liberty British Aluminium

In December 2016 SIMEC and Liberty House, two members of the international energy and metals group GFG Alliance, paid £330m to buy mining giant Rio Tinto’s Fort William aluminium smelter, hydro-power plants and associated land.

Aluminium Smelting and Hydro Electricity Generation What do we do? We produce around 48,000 tonnes of aluminium each year, generally cast in 10 tonne ingots We employ around 160 people, specifically trained for the various operations within the plant. We operate the plant to the most demanding Environmental, Quality and Health & Safety standards and hold registrations to ISO 14001:1996, ISO 9001:2000, OHSAS 18001:1999 and EMAS.

These are controlled within a fully Integrated Management System. We generate more than 85 Megawatts of electricity from Hydro renewable resources at the Lochaber and Kinlochleven power stations and can sell excess to the National Grid We are one of the key employers in Fort William We can offer guided tours of our Plant by arrangement.

We care about our Environment and maintain close relationships with SEPA.  We are a registered Investors in People plant. Our History and Background The Railway came to Fort William in 1890 and as in all other places around the world it attracted people.

In 1929 The British Aluminium Company Ltd completed their major hydro construction programme of dams and pipework to carry millions of litres of water to their new aluminium smelters at Fort William and Kinlochleven. Hundreds of men came from all over to work and labour on the project and others became the first employees of the company. Earlier, in 1907, the Kinlochleven plant was commissioned.

Background history
The villages of Inverlochy and Kinlochleven were built specifically to provide housing for the workers and their families and Kinlochleven was the first village in Scotland to be provided with electricity as a result of the hydro-generating station. Today, after much modernisation and the development of specialised equipment, skills and processes, we are part of a global company called Alcan Rio Tinto, which has its headquarters in Canada.

Rainfall for Power Loch Treig, which you can see from the West Highland Railway Line, north and east of Spean Bridge, is the main source of water. Water is taken from the loch along a 24Km long pipe, which is 4.5m in diameter. Along the way to Fort William additional water is collected from the surrounding hills and introduced to the pipe. The familiar pipes descending from the shoulder of Ben Nevis are the last section of the waterway. This produces a fantastic volume and power of water and gravity drives it into our DC generating turbines. We have a programme in place to convert the older DC generators to modern AC generators. The Process Alumina is brought to Fort William by train after being processed, from bauxite in Ireland. We use the electricity to operate the 80 electrolytic cells in our two Cellrooms. The molten aluminium is siphoned from the cells at regular intervals, transported to our Cast Shop, then cast into large ingots which, when cooled, are loaded onto lorries or trains and sent for further processing into foil, car parts and lots of other useful aluminium products.

Aluminium production in Fort William has been secured for the foreseeable future. Plans to manufacture car wheels from the basic commodity are very exciting promising more jobs and a brand new product from the Highlands of Scotland to the market place.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “GFG Alliance’s buyout of the complex will protect 170 existing jobs and with ambitious plans to invest in the site, expand operations and add value, we look forward to hundreds of new jobs being created in the coming years.”

Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of Liberty House Group and of the GFG Alliance strategic board, said he hoped the completion of the deal “would come to be recognised as the start of a bright new future for Highland industry”.

For more information or to make a booking, please send a message via the enquiry form.

Make an Enquiry Now

Features

  •   Renewable Energy Power generation
  •   Aluminium smelting
  •   Green Energy Producer
Feature 100 0025 img
  • Thumbnail 100 0025 img
  • Thumbnail 100 0047 img
  • Thumbnail 100 3941
  • Thumbnail 100 3951
  • Thumbnail 100 3963
  • Thumbnail 100 3975
  • Thumbnail 100 6382
  • Thumbnail 100 9578
  • Thumbnail 2007 front cover
  • Thumbnail aerial4889
  • Thumbnail da5w3442
  • Thumbnail da5w4892

Top Recommended

You may be interested in


  • Ian Pellow - Music tuition for Bass Guitar
    4 Glenfern, Fort William, PH33 7NP
    Box ian

    Learn to play Bass Guitar in Fort William with Lessons by Ian Pellow - Experienced bass guitar teacher - Internationally acclaimed artist Learn to play bass in any style: Jazz - Funk - Rock - Blues - Pop - Latin - Folk - Free improve and more. Now accepting students. Beginners to...

  • Ice Factor
    Leven Road, Lochaber, Kinlochleven, PH50 4SF
    Box ice factor trainee instructor scheme 8

    For those visiting the Highlands, Ice Factor has become a key part of their holiday with an unrivalled range of world class activities on offer (all specialist equipment provided). Our instructors are amongst the best in the industry and have a reputation for professionalism, fun and safety, all...

  • Ben Nevis Visitor Centre
    Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF
    Box 100 6780

    The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout, off the A82. Here you will find information on walking and the local area. There are toilets and a shop where you can buy essentials, such as maps and snacks or a gift to remind...

  • Minaig Bed & Breakfast
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RN
    Box da5w7949

    Minaig bed and breakfast offers a warm welcome and a comfortable room for your stay in Fort William. Our family home is a 15 minute stroll to the town centre with fine loch views all the way.We have two ensuite bedrooms with lots of home comforts. One has a great view of Loch Linnhe and the...

  • Tigh an Beag
    14 Upper Inveroy, Roybridge, PH31 4AQ
    Box tigh an beag self catering 08

    This comfortable, well equipped self contained ground floor self catering apartment with private entrance is annexed to our home and has full central heating and is double glazed throughout. The living / dining room has spectacular panoramic views toward the Grey Corries, it is carpeted...

  • Gairlochy Holiday Lodges
    Gairlochy, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EQ
    Box 01ghp

    Gairlochy Holiday Lodges are situated near Spean Bridge at the south end of the Great Glen, on the B8004 between the Commando Memorial on the A82 and the Caledonian Canal. The canal is ten minutes walk and this is where you can join the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail or the Great Glen Way. We are...

  • Ramblers Rest
    45 Mossfield Drive, Lochyside, Fort William, PH33
    Box da5w7601

    Ramblers Rest is a detached, single floor self-catering cottage in a quiet secluded location in Fort William. Accommodation includes sitting room/dining/kitchen open plan design leading to one double bedroom and separate toilet/shower room. The sitting room has a double sofa bed. A large,...

  • Culacrick Guest House
    Old Banavie Road, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PZ
    Box culacrick house 2

    Culacrick is in an elevated position with superb views towards Ben Nevis.              We have three spacious bedrooms: One king-size bedroom which could also accommodate a third person with our fold down bed, a double room and one family room. The family room has a double bed and bunk beds,...

  • Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival
    The Sunart Centre, Strontian, Argyll, PH36 4JA
  • Inverlochy Castle Hotel & Restaurant
    Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SN
    Box 100 0002 img

    Stay at one of the best Scottish Castle Hotels in the Highlands.  Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland's finest scenery. Inverlochy was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, 2 miles from the site of the original 13th century...

  • Russell's Restaurant
    Main Street, Spean Bridge, PH33 4EU
    Box bedroom023

    Russell’s Restaurant with rooms at Smiddy House Located within The Great Glen, 60 miles of splendour from Fort William to Inverness. Russell’s offers genuine Scottish hospitality with luxury surroundings.We are in the centre of Spean Bridge, ideal for visiting the areas many attractions e.g. Ben...

  • Fort William Golf Club
    Fort William Golf Club, Carrs Corner, Fort William, PH33 6SN
    Box 18th green fort william

    Fort William Golf Club is located just north of Fort William by the A82. This course lies under the shadow of Ben Nevis and is a challenging course with great views.Our 9 hole golf course will provide you with a great golfing experience below the highest mountain in the British Isles. You have a...

Find rooms anywhere!