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State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013 
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 
production equipment.  
“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 
forward to.”  
“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 
Massena community.”  
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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