Bechtel helped Québec emerge as a world leader in aluminum production
The Alma project entailed building a carbon plant, a reduction plant, a casting center, and supporting infrastructure. At the peak of construction, more than 4,500 workers were on site, in the small town of Alma on the shores of Lac Saint-Jean.
Bechtel managed a team of architecture and engineering firms and worked closely with Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan), the owner, to incorporate the company’s proprietary process equipment and technology into the Alma project. The result is a facility that produces five times more aluminum than a nearby plant but requires only 35 percent more workers. The Alma smelter also is gentler on the environment, thanks to innovative emissions-reduction features developed by Alcan and implemented with Bechtel’s help.
Bechtel contributed expertise of its own in the form of ProjectWorks®, automation software that utilized specialized modules to coordinate all phases of design and construction.