October 7, 2009

Close to 200 people visit site of dismantling of C Potline at Baie-Comeau Smelter

Baie-Comeau, October 7, 2009 – Close to 200 people accepted Alcoa’s invitation to visit the site of the dismantling of the Baie-Comeau Smelter’s C Potline.  During the tour, which was organized as part of the project’s impact study, participants witnessed the progress made so far in the disassembly, which began following the shutdown of the C potline in November 2008.

The visitors were given the opportunity to discuss the initiative with the Baie-Comeau Smelter management team, as well as with the individuals leading the modernization and dock projects. The environment and economic spin-offs were the main topics of the day.  Participants also demonstrated interest in the technological components of the modernization projects, as well as aluminium production in general.
“This type of exchange is critical for Alcoa since it enables us to ascertain the concerns and comments of the public from the outset of our projects.  We can, therefore, incorporate them right away into subsequent phases,” said Luke Tremblay, General Manager of the Baie-Comeau Smelter.
In the afternoon, Alcoa gathered the members of the Exchange and Information Committee that was created in parallel with the projects to modernize the smelter and repair the port facilities.  This was the second meeting for the committee, which is made up of representatives from 14 political, economic and environmental organizations that will collaborate with the Alcoa project teams throughout the modernization.  The members of the committee have, in fact, expressed their appreciation for this forum that enables them to maintain ongoing dialogue with Alcoa.
Finally, Alcoa took the opportunity to launch a web site related to its Baie-Comeau investment projects.  The www.alcoaprojets.com/en site will provide interested parties with information on the various initiatives and, eventually, allow them to follow the evolution of the work.  A 10-minute video summarizing the modernization project is currently available for viewing.
The Baie-Comeau smelter employs a team of close to 1,600 workers who are “Committed and proud that their plant is the benchmark for the Alcoa Group”.  The facility has an annual production capacity of 382,000 tonnes of primary aluminium.  In Mach 2008, a $1.2-billion modernization project was announced that will make the Baie-Comeau Smelter one of the most productive and environmentally responsible plants at Alcoa.
Alcoa is a major socio-economic force and fully integrated into the communities in which it operates.  Because of its social commitment and strong sense of belonging to these communities, Alcoa seeks to contribute to the quality of life in these areas with a view towards sustainability.  For more information, go to www.alcoa.com/canada/en/info_page/home.asp.