Kitimat Modernization Project aluminum smelter upgrade in black and white

Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Modernization Project

The sun sets over the Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Modernization Project construction site March 4, 2014. (Robin Rowland)

Updated (below) with the arrival of the Delta Spirit Lodge.

On March 4, 2014,  Rio Tinto Alcan organized the first media tour of the $3.3 billion  construction project since the announcement in December 2011 that the project had received the go ahead from the RTA board.   The project upgrades the aging aluminum smelter, built in the early 1950s, using modern proprietary technology the company says will  increase production by 48 per cent, while reducing most emissions by about 50 per cent.

I converted images taken during the tour to black and white for this blog.

RTA KMP  Carbon South complex
Cranes operate in the area that RTA calls “Carbon South” where there will be the new modularized Paste Plant. Eventually, the Paste Plant will produce green anode blocks part of the electrical process that produces aluminum. (Robin Rowland)

Tower at  RTA KMP Carbon South

A tower under construction at RTA KMP Carbon South (Robin Rowland)

Construction cranes at RTA KMP Carbon South  Robin Rowland photo

Construction cranes at work at RTA KMP Carbon South (Robin Rowland)

 Recycling truck passes Potline One at RTA KMP  Robin Rowland photo

A recycling truck passes the 1950s vintage Potline One at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. (Robin Rowland photo)

Power grid at the RTA KMP high  voltage substation area  Robin Rowland photo

Part of the power grid at the RTA KMP high voltage substation area. (Robin Rowland)

Part of the power grid at the RTA KMP high voltage  substation   Robin Rowland photo

Part of the power grid at the RTA KMP high voltage substation area. (Robin Rowland)

High voltage circuit breakers at the RTA KMP  construction site  Robin Rowland photo

High voltage circuit breakers at the RTA KMP construction site. They are electrical switches capable of turning on power and turning off power to the smelter’s rectifier units which convert alternating current into direct current, part of the aluminum smelting process. (Robin Rowland)

Electrical equipment  with the new potlines in the background  Robin Rowland photo

The high voltage circuit breakers are seen at the RTA KMP construction site. The new potlines are under construction behind the circuit breakers and cable drums. (Robin Rowland)

Conveyer and transmission tower at RTA KMP  Robin Rowland photo

 

An old conveyer system and an electrical transmission tower at the RTA KMP construction site. (Robin Rowland)

Mt. Elizabeth and the RTA KMP construction site  Robin Rowland photo
Kitimat’s iconic Mt. Elizabeth is seen in the background of the construction site. (Robin Rowland)

Construction at the Anode Baking furnace site Robin Rowland photo

A platform lift outside the Anode Baking Furnace site. (Robin Rowland)

Construction equipment at the RTA KMP site Robin Rowland

A heavy duty front end loader at the construction site. (Robin Rowland)

Poline under construction Robin Rowland Photo

Construction at the KMP site. (Robin Rowland)

Construction at KMP  Robin Rowland Photo

Construction goes on at the Casthouse C area, with the future cafeteria and change house in the background. (Robin Rowland)

Update March 11, 2014

 Silja Festival aka Delta Spirit Lodge

On Monday, March 10, the Estonian ferry Silja Festival, renamed the Delta Spirit Lodge by Rio Tinto Alcan arrived in Kitimat to act as a bunkhouse/workcamp for about 600 workers who will be completing the Kitimat Modernization Project (Robin Rowland)