Extraction of metals
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Anglesey Aluminium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anglesey Aluminium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Its aluminium smelter, located on the outskirts of Holyhead, was one of the largest employers in North Wales, with 540 staff members, and began to produce aluminium in 1971. Until recently it produced up to 142,000 tonnes of aluminium every year and was the biggest single user of electricity (255 MW) in the United Kingdom.

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Aluminium used to be extracted in the UK, on Anglesey. The process used lots of electricity which was provided by the nuclear power station. Anglesey aluminium close in 2009.
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Aluminium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aluminium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aluminium (or aluminum; see spelling differences) is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is a silvery white, soft, ductile metal. Aluminium is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon), and the most abundant metal, in the Earth's crust.

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Aluminium is one if the most abundant metals but it is difficult to extract because it is quite reactive. For this reason it is extracted using electrolysis.
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