Alcan reviewing close results of Iceland Hafnarfjordur public consultation

    MONTREAL, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. announced today that it will
carefully analyse the close results of last Saturday's public consultation in
Hafnarfjordur and assess the impact these results may have on the future of
its ISAL aluminum smelter. Citizens of Hafnarfjordur voted by a small majority
(50.3%) against a local urbanisation plan that included the expansion of the
ISAL smelter.
    "Alcan has noted the results of the public consultation, and will now
carefully review all available options" said Michel Jacques, President and
CEO, Alcan Primary Metal Group. "A large proportion of the citizens of
Hafnarfjordur support our project and I would like to thank them, as well as
all of our ISAL employees, for their invaluable contribution in advancing the
development of this project that we believe is beneficial to all
stakeholders," he added.
    Employing approximately 450 people, the ISAL smelter has a current
capacity of 180,000 tonnes per year. The planned expansion of the ISAL smelter
would see the implementation of Alcan's world-leading AP35 technology, raising
the total capacity to 460,000 tonnes per year. Start-up of the expansion is
planned for 2010 with full production in early 2011.
    "Alcan is proud of its 40-year relationship with the local community in
Iceland and will continue to work together with all involved to provide for a
better future for ISAL and all its stakeholders." said Jean-Philippe Puig,
President of Alcan Primary Metal Europe and Cameroon. "Alcan has recently
secured a block of energy and the authorization from the Icelandic Government
for the project," he added.

    Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class
technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal
smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions as well
as flexible and specialty packaging today's Alcan is well positioned to meet
and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by 68,000 employees,
including its joint-ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues
of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information,
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For further information: Local media contact: Hrannar Pétursson, Tel.:
+354-560-7000,; Corporate media contact: Anik
Michaud, Tel.: +1-514-848-8151,; Investor contact:
Simon Ellinor, Tel.: +1-514-848-8368,

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