CHICAGO Century Aluminum
Co. will still push to keep its smelter in Hawesville, Ky., up
and running, a company spokesman told AMM April 1.
"Century is committed to
maintaining operations at the Hawesville smelter and sustaining
family wage manufacturing jobs for the 700 men and women
employed at the facility," the spokesman for the Monterey,
Calif.-based producer said via e-mail. "Towards this end,
Century continues to actively pursue access to competitively
priced energy for the Hawesville smelter."
Power provider Big Rivers
Electric Corp., Henderson, Ky., told AMM last week
that it had resumed negotiations with Century and
Montreal-based Rio Tinto Alcan about the aluminum
producers smelters in the state potentially tapping the
open market to meet their power needs (
amm.com, March 29).
The Century spokesman declined
to confirm whether the company was in talks with Big Rivers or,
if discussions were occurring, what their status might be.
Rio Tinto Alcans smelter
in Sebree, Ky., like Centurys in Hawesville, is in the
western half of the state and is served by Big Rivers.
Century gave Big Rivers a
12-month power termination notice for the Hawesville smelter in
amm.com, Aug. 20), while Rio Tinto Alcan gave its
12 months notice Jan. 31 (
amm.com, Feb. 4). The two smelters together
account for about 70 percent of Big Rivers power
Talks between Big Rivers and the
aluminum producers resumed after proposed legislation, backed
by Century and introduced in both the Kentucky House and
Senate, died in the legislature after lawmakers went home March
26 without voting on the measure. The proposal was aimed at
allowing the smelters to access electricity on what Century
considered more favorable terms than those offered by Big
Rivers. Big Rivers said it considered the potential legislation
a hindrance to talks.