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PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2004--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that its Alcoa World Alumina affiliate -- a global alliance between Alcoa (60%) and Alumina Limited of Australia (40%) -- has increased its ownership stake in Halco (Mining) Inc., from 43 to 45 percent, as part of Comalco's sale of its interests in the project. Alcan Inc., the other participant in Halco, also increased its stake through two subsidiaries from 43 to 45 percent. Alcoa and Alcan each paid Comalco $5,875,000.
Halco is a 51 percent owner of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) which mines bauxite in the Boke region of Guinea for export. The Government of the Republic of Guinea holds the remaining 49 percent of CBG. CBG has exclusive rights through 2038 to bauxite reserves and resources in a 10,000 square mile area in the northwestern part of the country. Alcoa World Alumina, Alcan and other Halco shareholders acquire CBG bauxite for use in their individual businesses.
Last month Alcoa and Alcan announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on developing jointly a 1.5 million metric ton per year (mtpy) alumina refinery in the Republic of Guinea. Studies are already underway on the project where alumina production is expected by early 2008 with a facility capable of capacity expansion beyond 1.5 million mtpy.
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