FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. expects its expanded operations in
Kitimat, British Columbia, to begin production next year,
according to a company executive.
But the Montreal-based
aluminum producers plans to expand capacity in Quebec
have been put on hold, Jerome Lucaes, the companys
director of product stewardship, said during a
question-and-answer session at the Platts Aluminum Symposium in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We had plans, but the current situation
has put a lot of plans on ice for the moment."
Lucaes declined to
answer further questions about the time line on Kitimat or any
potential expansions in Quebec, citing company policy not to
talk to media at the event.
Rio Tinto Alcan has
said the modernization of its Kitimat smelter is on track for
start-up by the end of 2014 (
amm.com, Dec. 3).
During the session,
Lucaes characterized the aluminum industry as cyclical. It is
currently in a "down phase" but "poised for long-term,
remarkable growth," he said.