Alcan close to final decision on prototype smelter

Dec 05, 2006 | 10:58 AM | Matthew Lerner

Alcan Inc., Montreal, is close to finalizing plans to build a prototype smelter with a capacity of 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes per year using the company's latest AP50 technology, the successor to its existing AP35 technology, Richard B. Evans, Alcan's president and chief executive officer, said.

Speaking Tuesday at Desjardins Securities' Materials Conference in Montreal, Evans said he expects a decision on the project in the next few weeks, but gave no specifics.

AP refers to Pechiney SA technology that uses greater amperage in the pots. The increased amperage results in incrementally increased production, according to Evans, who said that once built, the AP50 technology would be the highest amperage smelter in commercial operation.....

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