Geldof participated in the building of the most modern aluminium smelter in the world! Geldof signed for the engineering, construction and erection of the waste processing plant of this aluminium smelter, including receiving units, mechanical and pneumatic transport systems, silo's, breaking, detection, filtration and separation units and truck and big bag loading installations. The realisation of such a project requires the knowledge of several construction skills and advanced technologies.
The whole was built in 5 big modules, fully dressed and completely ready for final erection on site. The 5 modules were shipped through the Antwerp harbour for Iceland, where they will be mounted again. Just plug it in and the bath plant is ready for use. A masterly example of Belgian technological innovation and know-how.
The American aluminium giant Alcoa and the Icelandic government agreed in July 2002 on the building of a power station and a smelter in East Iceland. The Fjardaal Hydropower project provides on a permanent basis about 750 jobs. The smelter is supposed to get into use in 2007 and to produce a yearly amount of 322.000 tons of aluminium. Within the frame of this new smelter project, Alcoa consigned a whole of packages to Bechtel (U.S.) and Solios (FR).
Within this contract Geldof was responsible for the delivery of a complete processing plant. This installation will break, separate, temporarily store and transport the bath residue of the aluminium smelt bath. The installation had to meet with one of the most rigid environment laws in the world. Each of the 5 modules was designed in such a way that its weight remained under the 350 tons, so that it could be hoisted by 1 crane. Also the required stability for the sea transport (even storm should not be a problem) influenced their design and construction. The whole project, from concept over construction to transport, has been realised within the time span of 1 year.