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Alcoa slates $52M for NY potline preparation

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, Chris Ayers, Massena, N.Y., expansion, aluminum, potline, EPA cleanup

CHICAGO — Alcoa Inc. plans to invest $52 million through 2015 to modernize its operations in Massena, N.Y., including site work and support projects ahead of the planned construction of a new potline at its Massena East facility.

If the proposed investment moves forward, work is expected to begin in June 2013, the Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer said.
“Modernizing Massena will help us move farther down the aluminum cost curve,” Alcoa executive vice president and president of global primary products Chris Ayers said in a statement.

This latest phase of a minimum $600-million investment at the Massena facility hinges upon Alcoa receiving approval to rehabilitate the Grasse River, the company said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year released Alcoa’s $85-million plans for cleaning up roughly four decades’ worth of pollutants from the upstate New York river (, Oct. 4).

The planned investment in Massena also comes as part of a new power supply contract between Alcoa and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), a utility based in White Plains, N.Y.

The NYPA has agreed to supply power to Alcoa’s Massena operations for another 30 years after a current contract expires in 2013, Alcoa said, noting that it has the option to extend the deal by another 10 years. But to secure that power arrangement, Alcoa must invest at least $600 million in total to modernize its facilities, it said.

Alcoa operates two smelters at its Massena facility that have a combined nameplate capacity of 252,000 tonnes per year, according to the company website.

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