SAGUENAY, QC, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan will invest C$36
million at its Laterrière smelter in Quebec, Canada in a two-year project aimed at improving the electrolytic
cell control system.
"This is very good news for the Laterrière plant," said Étienne Jacques,
vice president, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
"Replacing the plant's cell control system will bring the plant into
the digital age will help secure a bright future for years to come.
This investment will also allow the plant to maintain its equipment at
the leading edge of technology, reduce operational costs, and conserve
its enviable position as a low-cost aluminium producer."
The project is an opportunity for the Laterrière plant to modernise its
electrolytic process control system, enhance plant energy efficiency,
and support greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. Moreover, it
will eventually lead to an increase in production.
Located in Saguenay, Laterrière Works was first started up in 1989.
Designed with P155 technology, the plant has 432 prebake cells. It
produces 235,000 tonnes of primary aluminium and 225,000 metric tonnes
of sheet ingot annually for its main clients - Novelis, Oswego, Logan,
Arco and Alcan Cable.
In 2009, Laterrière Works received a North American Bravo! Award for
significantly decreasing its natural gas consumption. The plant stands
as a leader in greenhouse gas emission reduction.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a major international mining group headquartered in the
United Kingdom. It unites Rio Tinto plc, a corporation listed on the
London and New York Stock Exchanges, and Rio Tinto Limited, a
corporation listed on the Australia Stock Exchange.
Rio Tinto is involved in the prospecting, mining, and processing of
mineral resources. The company chiefly produces aluminium, copper,
diamonds, energy (charcoal and uranium), gold and industrial minerals
(borax, titanium dioxide, salt, and talc), and iron ore. Although the
company operates worldwide, Rio Tinto is firmly established in
Australia and North America, and owns large enterprises in South
America, Asia, Europe, and Southern Africa.
SOURCE RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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