Aluminum Dunkerque will reduce its production by 20% in the face of energy costs

European metallurgy companies, large energy consumers, are looking for a way out in the face of soaring gas and electricity prices. Some have already announced production cuts such as Aldel and Nyrstar in the Netherlands, Yara in Norway, or ArcelorMittal in Germany. In this context, Aluminum Dunkerque, in the North department, should reduce its production by 20%, according to information from the Reuters agency. “It’s a very, very bad signal”, explains a source who specifies that this is the second time in the history of the factory that such a decision has been taken.

Aluminum Dunkerque has a production capacity of around 285,000 tonnes of aluminum per year and employs over 600 people. According the voice of the North, which initially published the information, 54 of the 264 electrolytic cells will be shut down. The consequences on employment would mainly concern the 200 subcontractors who work regularly in the factory.


Electricity represents about a third of the company’s cost price, says the source, which specifies that the electricity consumption of Aluminum Dunkerque is equivalent to the consumption of the Marseille agglomeration.

The company benefits for only part of its production from the regulated tariffs of the Arenh (regulated access to historical nuclear electricity), according to a union source. For the rest, it must be supplied at a high price on the markets, which weighs on its profitability.

With Reuters (Caroline Pailliez and Gus Trompiz, edited by Nicolas Delame and Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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