Quebec aluminium smelter Aluminerie Alouette announced this week that its output during 2020 set a production record, besting its previous high-water mark set in 2016.
“Aluminerie Alouette in 2020 broke its record of all time with an annual production of 620,706 tons of aluminium,” quoted AlCircle from its 2020 review statement. “It was a special year in many ways for the largest aluminium smelter in the Americas. Employees and partners have worked hard to exceed the 2016 performance in aluminium production.”
In 2016 the aluminium smelter churned out 608,964 metric tons of primary aluminium.
Alouette credits a US$100 million forced-air network installed in 2019 for the better results. The network helps to maximize energy use by passing air across its AP40 technology tanks. The installation, which completed last November, was the firm’s biggest new addition to the plant after completing Phase II.
Alouette President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Gosselin said the result exceeded initial expectations.
“We’re proud of the work accomplished by our employees and partners. Despite the pandemic and market ups and downs, their efforts contributed to pushing production beyond forecasts. That takes real teamwork! We have to keep on showing resilience: 2021 won’t be easy. Together, we can come out of it bigger, more competitive and, above all, healthy.”
In 2021 the firm plans to spend another US$60 million this year at the Pointe-Noire/Sept-Îles aluminium smelter.
Aluminerie Alouette is the largest aluminium smelter on the continent, with a nameplate production capacity of 550 thousand metric tons per annum. The company is owned collectively by Austria Metall AG (AMAG), Kobe Aluminum and Marubeni of Japan, Koninklijke Hoogovens of the Netherlands, Société générale de financement (SGF), and VAW of Germany.