Rio Tinto Alcan, Canada

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Kitimat Smelter Modernization

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Project Description:

Fabrication 385 AP40 Pot Shells

Rio Tinto Alcan’s BC Operations aluminium smelter complex is located on the Douglas Channel, a year-round ice-free ocean port, located in Kitimat, on the northwest coast of British Columbia. We are ideally situated to meet the ever-growing aluminum market demands of our customers located in the Pacific Rim.

The Kitimat Modernization Project will increase the smelter’s current production capacity by 48 per cent to approximately 420,000 tonnes per year. The modernized Kitimat smelter will be powered exclusively by hydroelectricity from Rio Tinto Alcan’s wholly owned Kemano generating station and will use Rio Tinto Alcan’s proprietary AP technology to reduce its overall emissions intensity by nearly 50 per cent per year. Once completed, Kitimat will be one of the lowest-cost smelters in the world.

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