Alpart to build second bauxite plant
Finance Minister Audley Shaw says the owners of bauxite company Alpart are to build a second alumina plant.
Shaw made the disclosure at a town hall meeting last night in Ocho Rios, St Ann.
He said the plant is expected to produce 2,000 metric tonnes of bauxite per year.
When the new plant comes on stream, the company will have a combined output of 3,600 metric tonnes per year.
Shaw further said the owners of Alpart are also to build a plant that will produce aluminium foil.
He said 700 people have already received jobs with the reopening of Alpart and thousands more will be added when the new plants are built.
Chinese company Jiquan Iron and Steel took over the Nain, St Elizabeth plant last year.
Alpart was closed in 2009 in the aftermath of the global recession and a drop in metal prices.