Anglo-Australian metals miner Rio Tinto Group said last week that it is planning a US$51-million upgrade to its Vaudreuil alumina refinery’s safety and efficiency.
Per the firm, a trio of new buildings are currently under construction that will serve alongside the existing buildings as an area where the plant is centrally controlled. About 400 of the workers at the plant will run it from this cluster of buildings once construction is complete next year.
Rio Tinto says over half the project’s contracts have been awarded to construction and support firms that are based in the area of the plant.
Rio Tinto executive director Quebec Operations Sébastien Ross touted the economic benefits to the region’s economy the improvements are expected to have.
“This investment will provide our employees with an even safer and more modern work environment, as we optimize our operations at the Vaudreuil Plant. We’re pleased to be partnering with union representatives and contractors to ensure this project not only delivers a more efficient operation, but also generates significant economic benefits in the region.”
“We are extremely proud to contribute to this innovative project that demonstrates Rio Tinto’s commitment to the safety of workers and its operations in Saguenay – Lac-St-Jean,” opined local construction contractor Proco general manager Jean-Denis Toupin. “We are drawing on a network of partners showing the world class services on offer here in the region, to help build a strong future for Vaudreuil.”