MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ -The first AP60 cell has been
delivered to Rio Tinto Alcan's Arvida AP60 Technology Centre, located
in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.
"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", declared Étienne Jacques, chief operating
officer, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America.
The arrival of the first AP60 cell at the plant is a
significantmilestone. Indeed, the AP60 technology will become an
aluminium industry benchmark due to its operating costs, energy
consumption, and environmental performance.
"This is all the more significant because the cell was built right here
in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, by Charl-Pol Saguenay, a company that will
deploy the leading edge technology around the world. First metal is
expected at the plantin 2013", added Mr. Jacques.
Note that Phase I of the Arvida AP60 Technology Centre is the launching
pad for the next series of AP electrolytic cells, which makes Rio Tinto
Alcan a leader in aluminium electrolysis technology. Phase I will see
the commissioning of 38 cells in 2013, with a yearly aluminium
production capacity of 60,000 tonnes. Construction of this first phase
of the project, a US$1.1 billion investment, currently involves 900
employees. Rio Tinto Alcan invests one million dollars per day in the
project. Production capacity could reach 460,000 tonnes in the upcoming
phases, which are currently under study.
About AP60 technology
The AP60 technology was initially developed at the Rio Tinto Alcan
research & development laboratories in the Rhone-Alpes region of
France. When Phase I of the smelter becomes operational, the Arvida
Research & Development Centre, in Jonquiere, will conduct the
continuous development of the AP60 technology, leading to its eventual
market readiness. The Rhone-Alpes team will also be supporting these
AP60 is the most advanced AP electrolysis technology within Rio Tinto
Alcan and is an industry benchmark. Much like the other AP
technologies, it focuses on productivity and the reduction of overall
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange
listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the
Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and
metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium
dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are
strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant
businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.
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