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Opposition still concerned about energy to power bauxite plant

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 8:58 AM
Karl Samuda - File

Opposition spokesman on Mining and Energy, Karl Samuda, says the cost of electricity remains a real challenge in the reopening of the Alpart Alumina Plant in St Elizabeth.



Yesterday, energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, announced that the plant should fully reopen by December 2016 and that it would provide hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans.



However, Samuda says it raises the question of energy and about the government's progress on reducing the cost of electricity for all Jamaicans and to make the country more investment friendly.



Samuda says he notes the plans to utilise a coal fire plant through collaboration between the Energy Sector Enterprise Team and the Jamaica Public Service Company.



However, he says this plan has cost implications.



Meanwhile, Samuda says Paulwell, should not think the threat to withdraw the mining rights forced UC Rusal to agree to reopen the plant.



He says re-investing in the Alpart plant was a good business move on the part of UC Rusal.



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