BRITISH COLUMBIA RIO TINTO ALCAN of Montreal has awarded a US$200-million EPCM contract for the modernization of its Kitimat smelter. The project will increase production capacity by 40%, taking it to 400,000 tonnes of aluminum per year. The cost of the entire project is US$2.5 billion.
The modernization project at the 54-year-old smelter includes installing state-of-the-art AP technology to both boost capacity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% annually. First metal from the upgraded smelter is expected in 2011.
Bechtel received an initial contract in June 2007 for preliminary engineering, feasibility and construction pre-work activity which has already begun. It will have construction site offices in Kitimat as well as engineering offices in both Vancouver and Montreal. The Rio Tinto board is expected to give final approval of the project is expected before end this year.
The Rio Tinto Alcan website at www.RioTintoAlcan.com has links to the old Alcan site.