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Alumar refinery expansion inaugurated in Brazil

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

It means capacity there has doubled from 1.5Mt/y to 3.6Mt/y and Alcoa’s share of the expansion will be 1.1Mt.

 Alumar, located in Maranhão state outside São Luis, Brazil, is jointly owned by Alcoa Aluminio and Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals/AWAC (54%), BHP Billiton (36%) and Rio…

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Balco disagreement rumbles on

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

Earlier a three-day hearing by a panel of three retired Supreme Court judges heard arguments from both the government and the company.

Sterlite, a Vedanta subsidiary, bought 51% of Balco in March 2001 for INR5.5M ($11.9M), when the National Democratic Alliance government decided to sell…

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China’s Yankuang takes Bauxite stake

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

The agreement also includes provisions to explore and exploit Bauxite’s tenements in the Darling Range in WA.

Under the proposed alumina refinery JV agreement, Yankuang will contribute 75% of the costs of the refinery to earn 50% interest.

Bauxite Resources will receive a 25% free…

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Precimeter installs slab caster in Italy

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

The installation consisted of ProH sensors for measurement of the metal level in the distribution launder and moulds, Starter Dams and PXP-2E’s for control of the metal level and the Tilt Angle Feedback (TAFB) for measurement of the tilting angle of the furnace.

Just three weeks after…

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Votorantim signs Trinidad deal

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

A Votorantim official said that the Brazilian industrial conglomerate will replace Venezuelan-based aluminium producer Sural, which had a 40% stake in the Trinidad project but withdrew in 2009 due to financing problems.

Alutrint is Trinidad and Tobago government-owned and has a 60%…

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IAI climate call

Published: April 12, 2010 by Greg Morris

It said addressing climate changes should be based on a bottom-up approach that encourages participation at all levels.

IAI Chairman and Deputy CEO of UC Rusal Artem Volynets said: “The IAI is ready to work with international agencies to develop suitable programmes and mechanisms for…

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