QUEBEC – Rio Tinto Alcan, headquartered in Montreal, has produced the first metal from its US$1.1-billion AP60 Arvida aluminum smelter. This is a turning point from construction project to a 60,000-t/y commercial producer. Ramp-up to full production will be completed in a few weeks.
The AP60 technology was developed in France by parent company Rio Tinto. Metal production from each cell will be 40% higher than from older cells, giving the technology low energy consumption, low operating costs and making it environmentally friendly.
Learn about the AP60 technology at RioTintoAlcan.com in the next generation technologies section under the "Our approach" tab.