Alcoa may abandon plan to build power plant for Eastalco smelter

Dec 18, 2007 | 09:48 AM | Matthew Lerner

Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, is poised to abandon a plan to build a coal-fired power plant on vacant U.S. Navy property to power a restart of the company's idled 195,000-tonne-per-year Eastalco smelter in Frederick, Md.

The company was looking at the feasibility of building a dedicated coal-fired plant on nearby land in Charles County leased from the U.S. Navy, but the cost of such a project looks to be too high to make it viable. "We've been looking into it but the costs appear to be prohibitive," an Alcoa spokesman said.....

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