Rio Tinto Will Invest $1.1 Bln to Increase Capacity at Aluminum Site in Canada

By Christian Moess Laursen

Rio Tinto said Monday that it plans to invest $1.1 billion to expand its low-carbon aluminum smelter at Complexe Jonquiere, Canada.

The world’s second-biggest miner by market value said the expansion will increase capacity by around 160,000 metric tons of primary aluminum a year, enough for 400,000 electric cars. As a result, there will be a total capacity of 220,000 tons a year, it said.

Construction will run over two-and-a-half years, with the smelter fully ramped up by the end of 2026. The new capacity will offset the 170,000 ton of capacity lost through the gradual closure of potrooms at the same site from 2024, Rio Tinto said.

The Australian miner said the investment will enable the company to meet demand for low-carbon, high-quality aluminum for use in transportation, construction, electrical and consumer goods.

The total investment includes up to $113 million of financial support from the Quebec government, the company said.

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