MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan celebrates the
first metal produced at its new US$ 1.1 billion Arvida Aluminium
Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre, in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.
This important milestone marks the transition from a world-class
construction project to a 60,000-tonne technology development centre
unparalleled in the aluminium industry. The gradual ramp-up to full
capacity will continue over the coming weeks.
"Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to commemorate the first aluminium produced in
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, from the world's most productive
reduction cells," declared Arnaud Soirat, President and chief executive
officer of Rio Tinto Alcan, Primary Metal. "It is important to salute
the ingenuity of Rio Tinto Alcan's Research and Development teams that
first developed and tested this technology at the company's Laboratoire
de Recherche des Fabrications (LRF) in Saint-Jean de Maurienne, France,
which paved the way for the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology
Centre in Quebec."
Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Tinto Alcan, Primary
Metal, North America, added: "I want to recognise the dedication and
perseverance demonstrated by the Rio Tinto Alcan and Arvida Aluminium
Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre teams throughout the plant's start-up
process over the past several months. While much work remains before
the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre can be brought to
full capacity, this is a significant milestone showcasing Rio Tinto
Alcan's technological advantage."
About the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre
The Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre will produce 40 per
cent more aluminium per cell than the previous generation of AP
technology. The cells will also yield improved environmental
performance and energy efficiency. The Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60
Technology Centre currently employs nearly 135 people and will have a
capacity of 60,000 tonnes of aluminium. Rio Tinto Alcan's Arvida
Research & Development Centre and R&D teams will continue supporting
the new smelter and the further development of the AP60 technology
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE 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, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt,
talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly
represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses
in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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