CHICAGO - Rio Tinto Alcan
is planning routine maintenance outages at two of its aluminum
smelters in Quebec, a company spokesman confirmed March 7.
The Montreal-based aluminum
producer, a division of London-based Rio Tinto Plc, has slated
an outage at its Shawinigan facility in March and an outage in
April at its Arvida site, the spokesman said.
Our customers have been
informed, and they will not be impacted, the spokesman
said in an e-mail to AMM.
The precise dates of the outages
were not immediately available.
One market source said the
shutdowns would likely last for only a matter of days and
agreed that they had been anticipated. Its like
doing an oil change on your car, he said.
The Shawinigan smelter has
annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes and the Arvida smelter
capacity has a capacity of 176,000 tonnes, the spokesman said.
Arvida took a similar outage in February, he noted.