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Jamalco impresses parent

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The level of improvement at Jamalco in 2009 was the highest among alumina refineries in Alcoa's Global Primary Products (GPP) network.

This was announced by Alcoa's executive vice-president and president of Alcoa's GPP Business Unit, Bernt Reitan, who led a high level team of Alcoa executives on a visit to the Clarendon-based bauxite and alumina facility last week.

"All the parameters have shown a lot of progress and the plant is very clean," Reitan told members of Jamalco's executive manage-ment team.

Jamalco ended 2009 with its best ever annual production of alumina, with 1.4 million metric tonnes - some 100,000 metric tonnes above the previous 2006 record of 1.3 million metric tonnes.

This placed the facility fourth on the cost curve among the nine Alcoa refineries.

Reitan pointed out that the major challenge facing Jamalco now is its energy cost, and there is need to find an alternative energy source to replace oil, urgently.