A longstanding relationship with Rio Tinto Alcan
In a joint venture with Hatch, SNC-Lavalin provided engineering expertise for Rio Tinto Alcan’s Arvida Aluminium Smelter–AP60 Technological Centre in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. The project saw the successful implementation of new technology that delivers 40 percent higher production rates for the plant and produces fewer emissions than any aluminum smelter in the world today. The contract included the construction of a pilot-scale aluminium smelter including an electrolysis reduction line, a casthouse, a warehouse, a semi-automatic anode-rodding facility, a gas treatment centre and a main, 600-kA electrical substation. The project was completed four weeks ahead of schedule, in December 2012.
The strictest safety standards
The project team consisted of 250 people at its peak and construction required more than 5 million site working hours, the mobilization of over 100 equipment suppliers and 50 installation contractors. Stringent health, safety and environment (HSE) standards were successfully applied throughout the project, leading to an Injury Frequency Rate of 0.44 over 5.47 million work hours, which is very low for a project of this scale. The AP60 plant also became the first of RTA’s facilities to be granted ISO 14001 certification by an independent audit team.
The new centre has an installed capacity of 60,000 tonnes of aluminium and is the most technologically advanced aluminium smelter in the world. It will produce 40 percent more aluminium per cell than the previous generation of AP technology. Phase 1 of the project won the PMI Project of the Year Award from the Project Management Institute. The award recognizes excellence in project management worldwide. The project achieved industry leading health and safety performance. Together with our partners, SNC-Lavalin set a new benchmark for safety not only for RTA but for the construction industry in Quebec.