CHICAGO Work to upgrade
Alcoa Inc.s operations in Massena, N.Y., is expected to
begin in June, with transmission lines being moved to
accommodate a new electrical substation expected to power a new
The New York Power
Authoritys board of trustees approved more than $3.7
million to relocate its transmission lines, the office of New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This transmission line relocation
is critical to Alcoas much-anticipated modernization of
the Massena East smelter."
Work on moving the power lines
is expected to begin in early June and be completed in
November, the governors office said.
Moving the transmission lines is
"essential" for the next phase of upgrades at Massena East,
plant manager Bob Lenney said in a statement.
The lines must be moved so that
a new substation can be installed to feed electricity to the
new potline. The new 115-kilovolt substation will replace a
facility that is more than 50 years old, according to the
The Pittsburgh-based aluminum
producer in late March announced plans to spend $52 million
through 2015 as it looks to modernize its operations at Massena
amm.com, April 1).
The $52 million is part of
Alcoas plans to invest $600 million at the Massena East
and West smelters and keep at least 900 jobs at the complex in
return for 478 megawatts of hydropower from the New York Power
Authoritys St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt
hydroelectric plant, Cuomos office said. The power load
accounts for approximately 60 percent of the power plants
The authority has agreed to
supply power to Alcoas Massena operations for another 30
years after the current contract expires this year, with an
option to extend the deal by another 10 years.
Alcoas two Massena
smelters have a combined nameplate capacity of 252,000 tonnes
per year, according to the companys website.