QUEBEC – Montreal-based ALCAN has committed US$180.0 million to build an aluminum spent pot lining recycling plant at the Jonquire smelting complex in the Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean region of the province. The plant will employ 50 people and has a capacity of approximately 80,000 tonnes/year.
The plant will be built with innovative technology developed at Alcan’s R&D centre in Arvida, Que. The new process will make all of the spent pot lining recyclable, providing the global aluminum industry a sustainable reuse solution for spent pot lining byproducts.
Spent pot lining is the residual material generated in the delining of pots following the aluminum smelting electrolysis process. The spent pot lining is composed of carbon and various inert elements and is typically pre-treated and land-filled under strict precautions. The treatment plant is expected to open its doors in the second quarter of 2008. The site could also process spent pot lining for other Quebec aluminum producers.
The company’s website is at www.Alcan.com.