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
amm.com, April 30). Both Rio Tinto Alcan and
Quebecs 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.