Rio Tinto Alcan mulls post-Sebree future in US

Mar 20, 2013 | 10:45 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, Sebree, Kentucky, Century Aluminum, Hawesville, Big Rivers Electric, power rates, electricity natural gas

CHICAGO — Rio Tinto Alcan hopes to maintain a presence in the United States even if it sells its Sebree, Ky., smelter, although exactly how the aluminum producer might achieve that goal remains a matter of debate within the company, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Rio Tinto Alcan, a unit of global mining major Rio Tinto Plc, announced in 2011 plans to divest the Sebree site (, Oct. 17, 2011), with market sources recently pegging Monterey, Calif.-based Century Aluminum Co. as the most likely candidate (, Feb. 8).But even if the company presses forward with plans to sell, Rio Tinto Alcan has plenty of reasons to stay a key player in the United States, sources said. The Montreal-based company already has a well-established customer base and brand presence in the country, and the U.S. automotive and construction sectors are expected to drive....

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