MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan inaugurated the
US$ 1.1 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre, in
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec. The new plant has an installed capacity
of 60,000-tonnes of aluminium and is the most technologically advanced
aluminium smelter in the world.
Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan said: "Rio Tinto Alcan
is very proud to inaugurate the new Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60
Technology Centre. It is an honour to share this achievement with the
men and women who made it possible - our employees. Today's milestone
is the result of years of work by our Research and development teams,
particularly the teams that first conceived, developed and tested the
AP60 technology at the Laboratoire de recherche des fabrications (LRF)
in France. The innovative new AP60 technology platform will also allow
for the development of a series of next generation technologies
permitting further improvements in productivity, and reductions in
energy and environmental footprint.
"It is also important to recognize the valued support from all our
employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders from across our host
community. The new Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre
represents the next chapter in our over 100 year history as a leading
"The new AP60 plant clearly illustrates Rio Tinto Alcan's commitment to
innovation and our strategy to focus on projects that will increase our
competitiveness through productivity and that leverage our unparalleled
hydro power position, further reducing our environmental footprint",
concluded Mrs. Côté.
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 60,000-tonne plant employs nearly 135 people and
reached full capacity in December 2013.
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 platform.
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.
Image with caption: "Sunset over the exterior of Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9160_PHOTO_EN_35572.jpg
Image with caption: "Interior view of Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9160_PHOTO_EN_35571.jpg
Image with caption: "Group of employees from Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9160_PHOTO_EN_35574.jpg
Image with caption: "Aerial view of the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9160_PHOTO_EN_35573.jpg
SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN
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