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First shipment of alumina under JISCO leaves Alpart tomorrow

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 2:21 PM

The first shipment of alumina from Alpart since the St. Elizabeth plant reopened under Chinese ownership will leave Jamaica tomorrow, Friday, December 29, 2017.

The ship, Wuchow, steamed into Port Kaiser on Wednesday afternoon to pick up its cargo of 35,000 tons of alumina, according to a release from the operators, JISCO Alpart Jamaica.

Tomorrow’s shipment also marks the first-time alumina is being exported from Alpart in over eight years.

Chairman of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Liu Wanxiang says this first shipment marks a significant milestone for the company and is a testimony to the management and staff of Alpart, so many of whom went beyond the call of duty to ensure that deadlines were met.

JISCO Alpart Jamaica, formerly ALPART, was purchased from UC Rusal by the Chinese-owned Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) in 2016.

Since then the company has reopened the alumina refinery at Nain, St. Elizabeth, mining complex in Manchester, and the port operations at Port Kaiser at Alligator Pond, St. Elizabeth.