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October 25, 2012
Alcoa Participates in the Inauguration of Estreito Hydro Power Plant in Brazil
NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) joined with Brazilian business and government
dignitaries, including President Dilma Rousseff, in the inauguration of
the 1087-megawatt Estreito
hydroelectric power plant in Brazil. The power plant was developed
by the Estreito Power Consortium, comprised of Alcoa (25.49%), Tractebel
Energia, Vale and Intercement. With the Estreito facility, Alcoa will be
70 percent energy self-sufficient in Brazil.
"Our investment in the Estreito power plant is an important part of our
strategy for seeking competitiveness for our operations in Brazil, since
energy is a fundamental input in the aluminum industry," said Franklin
L. Feder, Regional CEO of Alcoa Latin America & Caribbean. "The
inauguration of Estreito is ratification of Alcoa's commitment to Brazil
and is a practical demonstration of how the company is playing its part."
Construction of the facility began in 2007, and at the height of
construction, the development generated some 36,000 direct and indirect
"The five years were full of challenges on this huge project, which in
addition to supplying power for the whole of Brazil and for Alcoa's
plants for the next few decades, will stimulate regional development,"
said Ricardo Sayão, Director of Energy for Alcoa Latin America &
The hydropower plant will supply reliable energy to Brazil's
North/Northeast power grid. Alcoa's share of the installed power is
earmarked for the company's Alumar facility.
Estreito is Alcoa's third power generating project in Brazil. Machadinho
(1,140 MW) has been running since 2002, and Barra Grande (708 MW) began
operating in 2005.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry,
Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace,
automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75
percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa in Brazil
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. Alcoa has been in
Latin America and the Caribbean since the late 1950s and has some 7,000
employees in the region, with operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Surinam.
In Brazil the company in an integrated producer of aluminum with
operations ranging from bauxite mining to production of finished
products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states
of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo
and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four
hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border
of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in
Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011 Alcoa
recorded revenues of US$2 billion in Brazil. In the same year the
Company was considered a benchmark in social responsibility and was one
of the 21 model companies in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade [Exame
magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br.
Franklin L. Feder, Regional CEO of Alcoa Latin America & Caribbean (second from right), celebrates Estreito plant inauguration with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff (second from left). Also pictured: Mauricio Bahr, GDF Suez; Murilo Ferreira, Vale; Gehard Mestralet, GDF Suez.
Estreito Hydroelectric Power Station