A Quebec company: Canadian Metals Inc. is focused on the development of its Langis project, a high-purity silica deposit located in the province of Quebec. Canadian Metals is rapidly positioning itself as a future manufacturer of silicon alloys in North America.
A strategic location
The Canadian Metals factory 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 use of electric arc furnaces will reduce the amount of silicon oxide contained in the quartz ore.
Three products will emerge from this production: silicon, granules of 10 to 100mm in diameter; Silica fume, a co-product used as an additive in concrete; and slag, a co-product used for manganese alloys.
The Baie-Comeau factory will produce 72,051 tons of silicon alloy and 12,384 tons of silica fume per year.
The main clients will be producers of aluminum-silicon alloys, silicon 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 alloy factory in Baie-Comeau. The plant will have a production capacity of 50,000 tons per year and will be equipped with three electric arc reduction furnaces of 35 MW each. It will also include a cogeneration plant for heat recovery.
The Langis project will open up the labor market: about 450 job openings during the construction phase, about 137 jobs openings to run the factory, and about 500 indirect jobs (transportation, subcontractors, services, etc.).