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Alcoa Takes Steps to Upgrade Pinjarra Alumina Refinery in Western Australia; Upgrade Designed to Increase Capacity by 600,000 Metric Tons PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 2003--Alcoa today announced
that it had approved engineering work for a planned expansion of its
Pinjarra alumina refinery in Western Australia. The project is
designed to lay the foundation for a 600,000-metric ton expansion of
that facility, already one of the world's most successful and cost
efficient alumina refineries. The Pinjarra refinery currently produces
3.4 million metric tons of alumina per annum.
Engineering work will begin immediately and take about six months
to complete. If government approvals are forthcoming and market
conditions warrant, the expansion itself could be completed by 2005
and would cost approximately $270 million ($US.)
Wayne Osborn, Alcoa World Alumina Australia president and managing
director of Alcoa of Australia Limited, said upgrading Pinjarra would
further improve its global market competitiveness.
"This Pinjarra efficiency will improve yield and is a highly cost
effective way to increase capacity by 600,000 metric tons of alumina a
year," Mr. Osborn said. "As a low cost producer with secure access to
bauxite reserves, the Pinjarra refinery is well positioned to capture
future market opportunities," he said.
The new work at Pinjarra was announced in conjunction with the
West Australian government, and Alcoa will work closely with the
government on regulatory and environmental approvals for the upgrade.
The final project will be designed within a strong sustainable
development framework. Alcoa contributes economic and social benefits
in the Peel and South West region, spending $1.1 billion (Australian)
in Western Australia each year. Construction of the upgrade is
expected to involve a workforce of up to 1000 people.
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