Alcoa Global Primary Products - Canada invests about $100 million in
more than 80 capital projects this year in order to maintain and
optimize operations in its facilities
The company hopes to profit from the growing global demand for aluminum
and provide its Québec plants with the means to continue to see their
expertise shine out
MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The four Québec plants of Alcoa Global
Primary Products - Canada (GPP Canada) will benefit from total
investments of roughly $100 million during the year 2011. These
investments will serve to maintain and optimize these plant's
performance. Throughout the year, over 80 projects will be accomplished
in order to favorably position these plants so that they will profit
from the growing global demand for aluminum in the years to come.
Investments for 2011 will be as follows:
Operational maintenance: $52 million
Health and safety: $25 million
Cost reduction projects: $14 million
Environment and energy efficiency: $6 million
"Our Québec plants are benchmark facilities within Alcoa and the entire
aluminum industry," underlined Pierre Morin, President, GPP Canada.
"This capital projects program will ensure that the expertise of our
3,200 employees continues to shine so that we can offer the best
possible products and profit from the current outlook for aluminum."
Mr. Morin also stressed that these projects rest on the regional
synergy that exists between the company's Québec plants, a key factor
in the success of this region in the Alcoa network.
These investments will involve many of Alcoa's 1,200 suppliers and
partners throughout Québec, and will thus contribute to the economic
vigor of our plants' host communities and the whole province. During
the period from 2006 to 2011, close to $400 million will have been
invested by GPP Canada in capital projects at its Québec facilities.
This amount sets out Alcoa's leading economic role in these communities
- stimulating growth, creating wealth and prompting innovation.
These amounts do not take into account the modernization project in
progress for the Baie-Comeau smelter and its wharf, already announced
Some of the main projects
Among the initiatives to be undertaken this year are:
A more ergonomic and safe work environment: In 2011, $25 million will be attributed to equipment and processes
designed to enhance even further the ergonomics and safety of the
various tasks accomplished by plant employees in Québec. Since health
and safety is one of Alcoa's fundamental values, prevention mechanisms
are constantly reassessed and enhanced as needed and following
A new transformer at the Deschambault smelter: As part of operational maintenance activities, the smelter's
transformer #1 will be replaced in 2011 at the cost of $12 million.
This investment follows the replacement of transformer #2 at the end of
2010, thus securing the plant's long-term operational stability.
Furthermore, the bussbars that redirect electric current to
electrolytic cells will be enhanced through a new cooling mechanism.
Greater reliability of electrolytic cell control: The smelters in Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and Bécancour will see the
implementation of innovative computer-based cell control systems
offering enhanced reliability.
A new series of stubs at the Baie-Comeau smelter: Stubs are used to distribute electronic current through anodes. New
stubs will now have the capacity to be straightened and reused, which
will help achieve more efficient and sustainable processes in the long
A bright future for aluminum
According to Alcoa, global demand for aluminum should enjoy 12% growth
in 2011. Most of the sectors using aluminum, such as the aerospace,
automobile, residential and commercial construction, and beverage
container industries, should fuel this demand, particularly in emerging
In Québec, Alcoa Global Primary Products - Canada (GPP Canada) is comprised of the Bécancour (ABI), Baie-Comeau and Deschambault
smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants have an
annual production capacity of almost one million metric tons of ingots,
castings, billets and aluminum rods. GPP Canada counts roughly 3,200
employees and its activities generate over $1.2 billion in economic
spin-offs annually in Québec. Further information is available at www.alcoa.com/canada.
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as
well as the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina.
Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the
world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
SOURCE ALCOA LTD.
For further information:
Director, Communications and Public Affairs,
Alcoa Global Primary Products - Canada (GPP Canada)