11/03/2011 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom
The Canadian aluminium smelter Alouette, 20 per cent owned by Hydro, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Québec government to acquire energy for a potential aluminum smelter expansion project.
Sept-Îles (QC), Canada – Alouette has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for long-term energy supplies, which will support the smelter's technological growth and development projects. Under terms of the agreement, Québec government is authorizing Hydro-Québec to provide Aluminerie Alouette with 500 megawatts of energy, which is required for the aluminum smelter expansion project known as Phase III.
The expansion would increase Alouette's production from 575,000 to about 930,000 tonnes of primary aluminum per year. Alouette's Phase III project is currently being developed and will be based on research and development programs, equipment improvement and process optimization targeting the implementation of a new energy-efficient potline. The MoU will be instrumental in realizing the potential expansion of Alouette. The Phase III project is pending engineering and feasibility studies, which are not yet completed.
Founded in 1992, Aluminerie Alouette is an independent aluminum producer. With 1000 employees and an annual production capacity of 575,000 tonnes of primary aluminium, it is the leading employer of Sept-Îles and the biggest aluminum smelter in North America. Alouette is a world leader in energy efficiency and is also in the forefront in technology.
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