Ministry seeks to open Alpart Plant
Angelo Laurence, Gleaner Writer
THE BAUXITE industry is poised for a dramatic revitalisation, according to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell.
Paulwell, who was addressing members of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, took particular aim at Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth, which shut down operations in May 2009.
Terming the Nain community as a virtual ghost town since the closure of Alpart, Paulwell said the plant could not be kept closed any longer. He however, was cautious in his statement, contending that he did not want to disclose too much at this time, as he intends to address both Alpart and Windalco plants during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament next week.
When pressed for more information, Paulwell said his ministry will be coming up with plans to "reactivate" the plants as the "best years are ahead" for the bauxite sector.
Paulwell said this time around will not be like previous announcements of the plants reopening that did not materialise.
Alpart employed 1,300 workers before its closure.