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extension of approval: wagerup unit three
Alcoa has announced we’re seeking an extension of the government approval to expand our Wagerup Alumina Refinery, in the south-west of Western Australia, granted for a five-year period in 2006.

In 2008 we announced a deferral of the Wagerup Unit Three project due primarily to changes in global market conditions and limitations in securing viable gas contracts. These constraints continue today and as such the project remains under suspension.  We are however seeking an extension of the government approval for a further five years to enable us to act if and when conditions change.

“The approval is part of Alcoa’s long-term plan for continued growth in Western Australia. We’d still like to grow our contribution to the State’s economy, infrastructure and employment, if and when the conditions are right,” Managing Director Alan Cransberg said.

The commitments made by Alcoa in 2006, and the conditions imposed by the Government on the project at that time, provide the parameters for increasing production to 4.7 million metric tonnes per annum. These conditions remain relevant today.

Any questions or comments related to Wagerup Unit Three can be directed to Alcoa Wagerup Community Relations Manager, Tom Busher: tom.busher@alcoa.com.au.

alcoa best in class in covalence ethical reputation ranking
Alcoa Inc has again achieved the top spot in the Basic Resources category in the annual Covalence Ethical Rankings - a major international survey that measures the ethical performance of multinational companies.

Covalence’s reputation index, distributed by Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Capital IQ, is a barometer of how multinationals are perceived in the ethical field, and measures performance across a range of criteria such as labour standards, waste management, product social utility and human rights policy.

Alcoa has been rated No. 1 in the Basic Resources category since the ranking began in 2005. Alcoa placed 15th overall in 2010 across 18 sectors and 581 companies tracked.

“To be ranked number one in our industry in the 2010 Covalence rating confirms the values and integrity Alcoans have embodied for years. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical business practices, combined with a profound respect for the individual and a strong responsibility toward the environment,” said Alcoa Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld.

changes to management in victoria
Alcoa of Australia and Portland Aluminium have made changes to the managerial structure of our Victorian Operations and Portland Aluminium smelter.

John Osborne, former Portland Aluminium Operations Manager, has been appointed to the dual role of Portland Aluminium Location Manager and General Manager of Manufacturing, Victorian Operations.

John’s dual position has been created in attempts to further streamline and maximise efficiencies and productivity across Alcoa’s Victorian Operations, including the Portland Aluminium Smelter, Point Henry Smelter and Anglesea Power Station.

John joined Alcoa in 1979 as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer.  Since then he has completed a variety of engineering, manufacturing and maintenance roles at a number of Alcoa’s locations across Victoria.  In 2001 John was the Operations Manager at the Point Henry Smelter in Geelong, and transferred to Portland Aluminium in late 2004.

“This will be a challenging role, but one that I am looking forward to. For our Victorian Operations we will continue to focus on the fundamentals of environment, health and safety and social investment and impact. We will continue to work closely with the newly elected [Victorian] government to ensure our sustainability and continued contribution to the state,” he said.

“Cost will also remain a big focus for us - we need to continually look for ways to overcome the impact of the foreign exchange rate, increasing raw material prices and the potential government legislation on carbon.”

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John Osborne (right), now Portland Aluminium's Location Manager and General Manager of Manufacturing for Alcoa of Australia's Victorian Operations, with Peter Chellis, Portland Aluminium's new Production Manager. [Photo courtesy of Portland Observer]. Scroll down for full story.