Can we replace the Tiwai smelter with a data center?

(I was going to save this for Nine To Noon tomorrow, where I’m doing the technology segment, but things are moving fast. But do listen in) A few people have muttered, sometimes out loud, that one possibility for the apparently uneconomic Tiwai point aluminium smelter is to switch it to become a data center. So …

Stand firm Meridian on Tiwai – we can all win here

Patrick Smellie reports in the NBR that Meridian are unlikely to reach an agreement with Rio Tinto on renegotiating the 18 year electricity supply agreement for Tiwai aluminium smelter. I guess it’s time I should weigh in, and support Meridian in standing firm. I’ve helped lead a turnaround of an aluminium smelter or two, and have seen the …

Rio Tinto: Tiwai Point will be fine, but Kiwis will be affected

With 14,000 workers going from Rio Tinto, the folk at Tiwwai Point’s aluminium refinery are apparently nervous. They have “787 full time staff and 133 contractors” down there in the deep South, a bit under 1% of Rio’s total of 110,000 staff and contractors. So Rio is getting rid of 12.7% of it’s workers, which …