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First puzzle piece arrives in Quebec smelter upgrade

Published by Steve Coleman on February 13, 2012

Rio Tinto Alcan says the first cell in a plan to produce more aluminum with less electricity has arrived at its Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que. plant.

The Arvida AP60 Technology Centre will be able to produce more metal using less electricity than current AP30 technology.

"This is a momentous day for Rio Tinto Alcan. With the new generation of AP60 cells, metal production per cell will be 40 per cent higher than in other existing smelters," said Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating officer, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America in a news release.

AP60 technology is expected to become an aluminum industry standard due to its lower operating costs, improved energy consumption and better environmental performance. The first aluminum is scheduled to be poured from the pot in 2013.

Phase I of the reinvestment project will add 38 cells to the plant in 2013, with an annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes. The US$1.1 billion investment in the project's initial phase currently involves 900 employees. Rio Tinto Alcan says it's investing $1 million per day in the project.

Production capacity could reach 460,000 tonnes in upcoming phases, which are currently under study.

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