Bécancour Smelter (ABI)


Start-up: 1986
Construction cost: $1.65 billion
Production: T-ingots, rolling ingots, billets
Production capacity: 413,000 mt/year
Port facilities: Bécancour
Certifications: ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004
Economic benefits for Québec: $445 million invested in wages, taxes and goods and services, including $180 million in the Bécancour region.


Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, in the Bécancour industrial park, the Bécancour Smelter (ABI) produces 400,000 metric tons of aluminum annually in the form of rolling ingots, T-ingots (pure and alloyed) and billets. Alcoa, which operates the plant, owns 74.95%, and Rio Tinto Alcan owns 25.05%. In the last few years, the smelter has earned several distinctions such as an Énergia award from the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie. ABI supports a number of organizations, including Opération Enfant Soleil, Centraide, Operation Red Nose and the Centre de la Biodiversité du Québec.


The Bécancour Smelter was the first Québec company to become an Elite member of Hydro-Québec’s Écolectrique network.