Alcoa announced that it has signed a long-term power contract with Bonneville Power Administration for its Intalco Works aluminum smelter in Ferndale.
The contract, which runs through September 2022, will ensure power supply for the smelter and help sustain the economic impact the plant brings to the region, according to the company.
The contract was signed on Friday, Dec. 7, at a ceremony held at Intalco. Employees and community leaders were joined by dignitaries and elected officials to commemorate the occasion including U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larsen, Gov. Chris Gregoire and BPA Administrator Steve Wright.
“Solidifying Intalco’s long-term power security is a major accomplishment that not only helps protect jobs, but helps sustain manufacturing and its economic impact in Washington State,” said Alcoa‘s U.S. Primary Products President Bob Wilt, in a press release. “We owe tremendous gratitude to the leaders and supporters who have carried this mission forward, including our employees, elected officials, BPA and the community. We especially want to thank BPA Administrator Steve Wright for his focus and dedication to reaching this agreement.”
The contract with BPA will provide 300 Mw of power to Intalco at the industrial power rate.
Intalco Works started operations in 1966 and has capacity of 279,000 metric tons per year.
The smelter supports 640 employees.