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Petition fails to stop Queensland bauxite mine

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

Mrs Irwin, the wife of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, has campaigned for environmental protection of the Cape York site, collecting about 250k signatures opposing a proposed bauxite mine that would be built between 5 and 15km from the Wenlock River.

Cape Alumina’s proposed…

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ALFED elects president

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the trade association which represents the UK Aluminium Industry, has elected Colin Davies as its president.

Mr Davies is sales director for Alcoa Europe Flat Rolled Products and he succeeds Henry Dickinson as president.

Mr Davies is the sales…

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Nalco shelves projects

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

Nalco had planned an INR170bn ($3.7bn) 500kt/y smelter and 1250MW power plant in South Africa. But these were abandoned as the company has found that there is not sufficient coal in the offered reserves to feed the ventures.

The INR100bn ($2.1bn) Iranian project, which involved setting…

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Miner to develop Vietnamese bauxite site

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

The Australian miner and a Vietnamese state-owned company aim to access up to 1.5bnt of bauxite from the Lam Dong and Dak Nong provinces.

Under the plan, Atlantic will join with Vietnam Natural Resources and Environment Corporation (T-MV) for the mine and associated rail and port…

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Idling of Italian smelters leads to strike threat

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

It is idling the smelters while it appeals against an EC ruling on energy tariffs. The EC say that Italy’s extension of an existing electricity tariff after 2005 does not comply with EU state aid rules and that a portion of the benefit received by Alcoa should be refunded. Alcoa disagrees…

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Alcoa plans to cut 145 jobs

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

The company said the layoffs are in response to a declining demand for its products. The plant is one of the largest aluminium smelting and fabricating facilities in the world and produces aluminium for beverage and food can ends and tabs.

“This is a difficult but necessary decision,”…

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