A Quebec company: Canadian Metals Inc. is focused on the development of its Si Baie-Comeau industrial project, Canadian Metals is rapidly positioning itself as a future manufacturer of silicon in North America.
A strategic location
The Canadian Metals plant will be built in the Baie-Comeau industrial port area, away from any residential areas. This location also benefits from the proximity of industrial partners and efficient infrastructures for maritime, rail and road transportation.
The Baie-Comeau location combines all the elements that enable Canadian metals to truly implement its integration model:
The plant will have one electric arc furnace with a 30 MW power supply provided by the Hydro-Québec system.
The use of electric arc furnace will reduce the amount of silicon oxide contained in the quartz ore.
Three products will emerge from this production: silicon, size of 10 to 100mm ; Silica fume, a co-product used as an additive in concrete; and slag, a co-product used for manganese alloys.
The Si Baie-Comeau plant will produce 18,000 tons of silicon and Approx. 4,000 tons of silica fume per year.
The main clients will be producers of aluminum-silicon alloys, silicone materials and silicon for photovoltaic applications (solar energy).
Right now, the world’s aluminum market accounts for nearly 50% of the silicon market. In 10 years, photovoltaic applications will become the primary market.
An investment over 300 million CAD
Canadian Metals intends to build a silicon plant in Baie-Comeau. The plant will have a production capacity of 22,000 tons per year and will be equipped with one electric arc reduction furnace of 30 MW.
The Si Baie-Comeau project will open up the labor market: about 450 job openings during the construction phase, about 75 jobs openings to run the plant, and about 300 indirect jobs (transportation, subcontractors, services, etc.).