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Rio Tinto Alcan begins anode plant restart

Keywords: Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, Alma, anode plant, fatal accident, aluminum

CHICAGO — Rio Tinto Alcan has begun the process of restarting the anode plant at its Alma facility in Quebec following a fatal accident April 30.

"The start-up has begun, but (there is) no timeline for when it will be back to full production," a spokesman for the Montreal-based aluminum producer told AMM May 2.

The accident temporarily stopped operations at the anode plant, but aluminum production was not affected (, April 30). Both Rio Tinto Alcan and Quebec’s occupational health and safety agency are continuing to investigate the accident.

The Alma smelter has a capacity of approximately 430,000 tonnes of primary aluminum per year and produces roughly 250,000 anodes per year, the spokesman said.

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