Rio Tinto to Invest in Future of Boyne Smelters (posted 2/14/08)
Rio Tinto (59.4%) and its joint venture partners (40.6%) will spend approximately $617 million on two projects that will modernize and extend the life of the Boyne Island aluminum smelters in Australia. The first project, construction of a new baking furnace, will reduce onsite greenhouse gas emissions, while the second project, which includes overhead crane replacement and a crane runway upgrade, will result in a more efficient crane/alumina transport system. The projects will be built over approximately three years.
“Boyne Smelters is a key asset for Rio Tinto Alcan. This upgrade will underpin the successful operation of the smelter and help to ensure the continuing reliable supply of high-quality aluminum to our global customers,” said Xiaoling Liu, president, Primary Metal, Pacific, Rio Tinto Alcan. “At the same time, this installation of more efficient, state-of-the-art technology will help to reduce our greenhouse emissions from the carbon bake by approximately 20,000 tonnes of CO2-e annually. This is a very exciting modernization project that will extend the life of our asset and improve efficiencies, and we are very pleased with the investment and support we have received from our joint venture partners.”
For the crane upgrade, runways will be replaced, modernized cell tending assemblies installed and a new alumina distribution system installed to supply each cell independently of crane operations. The crane optimization project is designed to improve the safety of the work environment.
Boyne Smelters was opened in 1982 and achieved record annual production in 2007, making it one of the largest smelters in Australia. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.riotinto.com.