Hydro Aluminium Metal has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to build an up-to-date Aluminium Extrusion Ingot recycling plant in Cassopolis, Michigan in the U.S.

As a step forward in its aim to double its recycling of post-consumer aluminium by 2025, the Aluminium Extrusion Ingot is critical to automotive applications as well as other transportation and building systems.

The LoI between Hydro Aluminium Metal and Landowner Midwest Energy and Communications (MEC) is founded on Hydro’s facility in Cassopolis producing 120,000 metric tonnes per year from 2023 with around 70 direct employees. The total project investment is currently estimated to be around $120 million, which is dependent on final facility design, market conditions and macroeconomic development.

The expansion of The Cassopolis Greenfield Development will also mark North Americas first large-scale production of Hydro CIRCAL® extrusion ingot. Unique to Hydro CIRCAL® Extrusion Ingot, it contains at least 75% post-consumer scrap certified by third party auditors - DNV GL, and has a CO2 footprint of only 2.3kg, CO2e/kg aluminium. Hydro’s products will be produced based on technology developed in Clervaux, Luxembourg and Azuqueca, Spain.

The facility will also be the first manufacturing plant located in MEC’s Smart Park, a planned industrial and commercial development located in Cassopolis. To further reduce the overall carbon footprint of company, Hydro will utilise Cassopolis’ direct rail services to bring supplies to the plant and plans to partner with MEC to source renewable electrical power for the facility. The final investment decision on the planned Greenfield Development in Cassopolis is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021.

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