Tyne & Wear

Power cut hits Lynemouth Alcan plant

Alcan plant at Lynemouth
Image caption The Lynemouth smelter opened in 1972

Production at part of an aluminium plant in Northumberland has been halted after a large power cut.

The Rio Tinto Alcan plant at Lynemouth lost power in the early hours. Management launched full emergency procedures but say no-one was hurt.

The firm says it is too early to tell what caused the incident but a full investigation has begun.

In November the company announced it is planning to close the factory with the loss of 515 jobs.

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