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REPORTING · 21st July 2015
Walter McFarlane
Udated. According to Rio Tinto, the amount of lands transferred is 156, not 456

Kitimat City Council was given a special presentation from Gaby Poirier, General Manager from Rio Tinto Alcan Aluminium Smelter in Kitimat on Monday, July 20th. The first thing he wished to do was provide an update on the Kitimat Modernization Project.

“We got about 29 pots energized, 25 producing Aluminum already so we are ramping up, we still have a lot of work to do, but going well. Construction’s ramping down. Right now, we are demobilizing a lot,” said Poirier.

A highlight reel of the first hot metal was shown for Council. Only Mayor Phil Germuth, Councillor Mary Murphy and Councillor Rob Goffinet had attended the ceremony on Tuesday, July 7th. Council was told the video is being shown to the team members.

“We’re here for the next 60 years. We won’t go anywhere,” said Poirier. He thanked the Council, and Mayor Phil Germuth thanked Rio Tinto for investing in Kitimat.

He moved on to the second part of his presentation.

“Minette Bay, as a part of our commitment to the local community, It’s why we are here tonight, to announce District lot 471 has been officially transferred to the District of Kitimat,” said Poirier. “DOK is now the official owner of the water front parcel of that land. We’re really proud of it.”

He stated it is 156 acres of Minette bay. Mayor Germuth stated the people of Kitimat have longed for water access, and now they have it. He thanked Poirier, Kevin Dobbin and Paul Henning. Germuth handed Poirier a cheque as a part of the presentation, a cheque for $10 for the land.
Limited Council attendance at ceremony...
Comment by Larry Walker on 29th July 2015
For the record, RTA limited the number of Councillors to attend the grand opening ceremony to 2, otherwise I am confident all of Council would have attended.
Comment by j s on 25th July 2015
is there a access road to get there.
Map of 456 acres
Comment by Cem on 25th July 2015
Would like to see where this 456 acres is on a map please.