Design began in the autumn of 2003, followed by earthworks in 2004 and first concrete in April 2005. The first hot metal work took place two years later and the smelter was completed at the end of 2007.
HRV played a major role in the design and construction of the 346,000 tpy smelter as Bechtel-HRV undertook the project on an EPC basis, being responsible for all engineering, procurement and construction, as well as overall project management, including management of external contracts, and preparatory work, including EIA for the entire smelter.
The project included an AP3X potline with cranes for pot tending and metal tapping, a GTC, rodding shop and bath recycling plant and a vacuum ship unloader.
HRV Engineering and the Bechtel Corporation as Bechtel-HRV were chosen by Alcoa to design and build the aluminum smelter in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland