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State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $3.7 MILLION TRANSMISSION LINE RELOCATION PROJECT TO
SUPPORT ALCOA'S MASSENA MODERNIZATION
Modernization Continues the State’s Commitment to Retain 900 Jobs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Alcoa’s Massena East smelter
modernization project will be kicked-off next month with the relocation of a
transmission-line necessary to accommodate a new substation and aluminum
“This transmission line relocation is critical to Alcoa’s much anticipated
modernization of the Massena East smelter and reflects the unwavering support
of the State of New York to secure the long-term future of aluminum production
in the North Country,” Governor Cuomo said. “There may be no more important
development for the region’s economy than the overhaul and upgrade of the
Massena East smelter, for which work will get underway this summer.”
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees today approved capital
expenditures of more than $3.7 million for the relocation of the transmission
line, which it operates.
“The New York Power Authority’s support of the Alcoa modernization initiative
goes well beyond the low-cost St. Lawrence-FDR hydropower assigned to the
company’s Massena facilities, as reflected by the transmission relocation
project that we’re embarking on,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and
chief executive officer. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we continue to
work closely with Alcoa to make the modernization project a reality to protect
hundreds of jobs and spur capital investments of hundreds of millions of
“The rebuilding of the Massena East facility is integral to the future of
Northern New York,” said Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, a NYPA trustee and long-time
Massena resident. “The relocation of the NYPA transmission lines on the smelter
site is part of the necessary infrastructure modifications underpinning the
major Alcoa modernization initiative that our region has long been looking
“The transmission-line relocation is essential for the next phase of the
modernization upgrades at the Massena East plant,” said Bob Lenney, Alcoa East
Plant Manager. “The relocation of the power lines several hundred feet to the
south of their current site location is necessary for our installation of a new
transmission substation for feeding electricity to a new aluminum production
potline. This is another facet of New York State’s strong support for the
Alcoa committed to invest at least $600 million to modernize its Massena
operations and retain a minimum of 900 jobs at the company’s Massena East and
Massena West smelters in return for 478 megawatts of low-cost hydropower from
the NYPA St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Hydroelectric Plant. This amounts
to approximately 60 percent of the plant’s generating output.
In March, the Alcoa Board of Directors announced that the company was prepared
to proceed with the next phase of the modernization project. It plans to invest
$42 million for site preparation at Massena East and to provide $10 million
toward a North Country Economic Development Fund. The establishment of the fund
is provided for under a long-term power agreement with NYPA that commences on
Jan. 1, 2014.
The power will be provided to Alcoa over a 30-year contract that includes a
10-year option to extend service beyond 2045.
The new 115-kilovolt (kV) substation that Alcoa will install at the Massena
East site will provide power to the new potline, which keeps aluminum in liquid
form, as well as other equipment. The new substation, which will replace a more
than half-century-old facility, will be located in an area now occupied by the
three 115-kV transmission lines, which are being relocated.
Nearly one-mile long sections of each power line will be moved, with the work
scheduled to begin early next month for completion in November. The power-line
relocation is provided for under a 2011 agreement in which Alcoa will reimburse
NYPA for the engineering, procurement and construction costs.
An Au Sable Forks company in Clinton County, Northline Utilities, will provide
materials, installation and testing services for the transmission-line
relocation under a competitively awarded $2.13 million contract with NYPA.
Alcoa has been a customer of the Power Authority’s since St. Lawrence-FDR was
first placed into commercial operation in 1958.
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