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Alcoa to Curb Aluminum Output in Spain as Energy Costs Soar

  • Production of primary aluminum to be halted for two years
  • Majority of workers at San Ciprian plant back proposal
Alcoa Corp.’s aluminum plant in San Ciprian, Spain. 

Alcoa Corp.’s aluminum plant in San Ciprian, Spain. 

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Alcoa Corp. is set to halt primary aluminum production at its plant in Spain for two years, the latest casualty of soaring energy prices in Europe.

The curbs at Europe’s second-largest aluminum plant come after energy costs spiked to fresh records last week, putting heavy industries under increasing financial strain. Aluminium Dunkerque Industries France, the region’s top smelter of the metal, trimmed output earlier this month.