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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: North America: August 21st 2006


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:: Alcan Announces Modernization Plan for Kitimat, B.C. Smelter

Alcan Inc. has announced its intention to modernize its Kitimat Works, B.C. primary aluminum smelter through an approximate US$1.8 billion investment. The modernization would increase Alcan's annual global primary aluminum production by more than 4 percent and make Kitimat not only one of Alcan's largest wholly-owned smelters, but also one of the three largest in North America.

"The planned modernization of Kitimat would leverage two of Alcan's great competitive advantages - clean, self-generated power and the world's leading AP smelting technology," said Cynthia Carroll, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Primary Metal Group. "Alcan is proud to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to northwestern British Columbia and the community of Kitimat by ensuring the sustainability of the aluminum business here for decades to come," she added.

The modernization of the Kitimat smelter would increase its production by more than 60 percent, from its current 245,000 t/py to approximately 400,000 t/py, by employing the latest evolution of smelting technology within the AP35 series. Production costs would be in the lowest part of the industry cost curve's 1st quartile.

"AP technology is the most advanced, efficient and environmentally-friendly technology available, providing Alcan with an ability to achieve the lowest full economic cost. Modernization would make Kitimat a world-class aluminum production facility for the next 35 years and beyond," said Marco Palmieri, President, Alcan Primary Metal Group, Asia, Pacific and Africa. "Alcan's intention to invest in British Columbia reflects the Province's competitive business climate, one which will contribute to Kitimat's economic vitality," he added.




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