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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 ( amm.com, 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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