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VHE scores highest in Europe and second in World by Alcoa
VHE has steadily increased production at Alcoa Fjarðaál pot repair facility, following commissioning in June 2012, and the design capacity of eleven pots per month was demonstrated in February 2013. Actual throughput depends on Alcoa demand; during 2013 a total of 100 pots have been fully repaired, relined and returned to service.

VHE is responsible for all pot refurbishment operation, including pot isolation and removal from the potrooms, through stripping, repairing and relining shells to reinstalling and reconnecting the repaired pots. all operations are carried out by VHE staff with the sole exeption of cathode rodding, which is undertaken by Fjarðaál employees.

In December 2013 a Relining Best Practice audit by two international Alcoa experst gave VHE the second to best score ever to achived by Alcoa smelter and the best in Europe.

The Pot Repair Facility has a floor area of 4000 sq.m. and is able to re-line three pots simultaneously. There are 336 pots in the potrooms at Alcoa Fjarðaál, each one of which needs re-lining every 5-7 years.

 

VHE signs a contract with Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (ALBA)
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) has ordered a bath crusher from VHE for installation in ALBA‘s Rodding Plant no. 2. The crusher is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2014.

VHE’s rotary bath crusher is a proven technology already operating at two smelters in Iceland.

Designed as a primary crusher, the hydraulically driven oscillating action provides an extremely durable and very low maintenance performance.

The crusher installed at Rio Tinto Alcan Iceland has been in continuous operation for ten years. It processes large pieces of bath emptied from spent anode butt transport trays. The discharge of <200 mm is delivered to the bath cleaning machine conveyor.

At Nordural in Iceland a larger version has operated since 2007 as the primary crusher below the bath cleaning machines, also discharging <200 mm.

 

VHE Awarded Contract by Alcoa Mosjøen
VHE has been awarded a contract by Alcoa Mosjøen in September 2013 for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of two Metal Treatment Stations for sodium and calcium reduction in the crucible. The project is due for completion in September 2014.
VHE participate in ARABAL 2013
VHE is a proud participant and exhibitors at the 17th ARABAL conference 5th – 7th November 2013.

ARABAL is the premier trade event for the Middle East’s aluminium industry.

VHE wins Contract for Nordural Carbon Upgrade Project
Nordural Century Aluminium has awarded VHE a major contract in the rodding plant at Nordural‘s Grundartangi, Iceland aluminium smelter.

VHE will provide a customised solution comprising a collar forming machine, a collar filling machine, paste filling units, conveyor belts, refurbishment of the overhead power and free conveyor, and supporting equipment. The work is a turnkey project and includes all aspects of electrical and mechanical design, fabrication, factory testing, transportation, installation, and testing and commissioning of all equipment.

“This is one project in Nordural‘s five year investment plan which aims to improve productivity, streamline operations, and increase production by fifty thousand tonnes of aluminium metal per year. The total cost of the project will be in excess of ten billion Icelandic kronur. In addition to this extensive renovation of the rodding shop in co-operation with VHE, the major part of the investment project is in the substation and the use of larger anodes,” said Gunnar Gudlaugsson, General Director of Nordural.

For over 40 years VHE has designed, fabricated and serviced equipment for heavy industry both in Iceland and overseas. Machinery and equipment designed by VHE is used in more than 30 countries.

“We are extremely proud that Nordural Century Aluminum has selected us as a partner. It is a great honour for our team to have the trust demonstrated by this project, and no less important for the company as a whole. We have previously designed, fabricated and installed equipment for Nordural and the co-operation has been very successful. We look forward to undertake new projects for Century Aluminum,” said Unnar Steinn Hjaltason, Managing Director of VHE.

More…

  • VHE has developed a new Thimble removing machine
  • Molten Metal Treatment Sodium and Calcium Removal
  • VHE – Proud Sponsor of CrossFit Hafnarfjörður
  • VHE to operate Pot Repair Shop at Alcoa Fjarðaál
  • VHE to supply Stub Straightener to ALRO
  • VHE Awarded Contract to Install Homogenising Furnace at ISAL
  • VHE Awarded Major Contract at RTA Iceland
  • First Rebuilt Pot at Alcoa Fjarðaál
  • Grabber to Lift Suction Tubes
  • VHE to enlarge Hotel Hallormsstaður

NEWS

  • VHE has developed a new Thimble removing machine
  • VHE – Proud Sponsor of CrossFit Hafnarfjörður
  • VHE to operate Pot Repair Shop at Alcoa Fjarðaál
  • VHE to supply Stub Straightener to ALRO
  • VHE Awarded Contract to Install Homogenising Furnace at ISAL
  • VHE Awarded Major Contract at RTA Iceland
  • First Rebuilt Pot at Alcoa Fjarðaál
  • Grabber to Lift Suction Tubes
  • VHE to enlarge Hotel Hallormsstaður
  • Recognition of Safety Performance

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