Alcoa Restarting Some Production at Washington Plant
Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., plans to restart two lines of idle capacity at the Ferndale, Washington smelter over the course of the year, adding 95,000 metric tons per year (mtpy) of production. Alcoa's share of that is about 61 percent, or 58,000 mtpy. The Ferndale smelter has been idle since May 2001 as part of an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The company also said it would delay the planned restart of line 1 at its Warrick County, Indiana facility, which has a capacity of 41,000 metric tons per year. The plant has been in the process of restarting since a power outage interrupted production last December.