Alcan nears final decision on prototype smelter exec

Dec 05, 2006 | 11:34 AM |

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.

Speaking Tuesday at Desjardins Securities' Materials Conference in Montreal, Alcan president and chief executive officer Richard B. 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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