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RIO TINTO POURS FIRST ALUMINUM AT MODERNIZED KITIMAT FACILITY

Rio Tinto has spent billions of dollars in an attempt to modernize its Kitimat facility. The company has now announced it is preparing for its first shipments of metal from the worldclass aluminum smelter in Canada.

The modernized smelter achieved first production in June 2015 and now Rio Tinto is focused on safely ramping up towards its annual production rate of 420,000 tonnes. The upgrade will increase production capacity by 48 per cent and result in Kitimat becoming one of the lowest cost smelters in the world. The modernized smelter, which was

delivered in line with the revised schedule and budget, is powered exclusively by Rio Tinto’s wholly owned hydro power facility and uses the company’s proprietary AP40 smelting technology which will effectively cut the smelter’s overall emissions in half. “The modernization of Kitimat will fundamentally transform its performance, moving it from the fourth quartile to the first decile of the industry cost curve,” says Aluminum chief executive Alf Barrios. “At full production, Kitimat will be one of the most efficient, greenest and lowest-cost smelters in the world. Positioned in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, Kitimat is well placed to serve rapidly growing demand for aluminum in the AsiaPacific region and to serve the North American market.” “The start of aluminum production with the arrival of first hot metal marks a tremendous milestone for Rio Tinto and for the community of Kitimat,” says Derick Stinson, Chair Kitimat Chamber of Commerce. “The investment by Rio Tinto into the Kitimat Modernization Project, much like the original Kitimat smelter of the 1950’s, has provided the community of Kitimat with a solid foundation from which to grow and prosper and enable the next generation of Kitimat to take shape.”

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