A group of United States students paid a fact-finding visit to one of the world's largest aluminium smelters -- Volta Aluminium Company Limited (Valco) -- in Tema last Thursday (3 October).
GV Valco plant at Tema
SV Group (2 shots)
SV Melting plants
SV PAN American students being shown round
SCU Aluminium ove
SV Melting pot with molten metal
GV Melting pot being carried to oven
SV Furance interior and pouring (3 shots)
GV American studentssee finished export products (3 shots)
SV Fork-truck loading aluminium bars
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Background: A group of United States students paid a fact-finding visit to one of the world's largest aluminium smelters -- Volta Aluminium Company Limited (Valco) -- in Tema last Thursday (3 October). The 13 students from the University of California are on a one-year residential course at the University of Ghana.
The Tema plant was built in 1962 with American capital. Plans are now in the pipeline to expand the plant and to increase its output by 50,000 tons to 220,000 tons a year to meet the growing world shortage of aluminium. When expansion has been completed, it will cost about 25 million pounds sterling (U.S. $60 million).
The smelter produces nearly 170,000 tons of aluminium ingots each year. It's manned around the clock by a staff of 1,700 Ghanaians.
SYNOPSIS: Work on Valco plant started in nineteen sixty-two with American capital. It cost about sixty-four million pounds sterling. But it was not until the end of nineteen sixty-four that the first aluminium was tapped.
Once a day molten aluminium is syphoned out of the pot and it's then left in another vessel called a crucible. From there it is taken to the metal service building where it is fornaced, processed and cast into ingots of various shapes and sizes. This plant produces one hundred-and-seventy-thousand tons of ingonts each year.
It's manned by about sevanteen-hundred Ghanaians who work around the clock. The company has plans to increase capacity to meet the growing demand for aluminium. When the expansion is completed in early nineteen seventy-six, the total production will be increased by fifty thousand tons a year.