What's New in Jamaica

School Feeding Programme Introduced at Hayes Primary & Junior High School

School Feeding Programme Introduced at Hayes Primary & Junior High School
February 6, 2013 Children attending the Hayes Primary and Junior High who would otherwise go to school without breakfast are now given a hot meal in the mornings.
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Earthquake Awareness Seminar for Students

Earthquake Awareness Seminar for Students
January 22, 2013 Over two hundred Grade 6 students from the Hayes Primary & Junior High School benefitted from an Earthquake Awareness Seminar which was coordinated by Jamalco as part of the company’s Jamalco in Schools’ programme.
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2011 Sustainability Report

2011 Sustainability Report
July 27, 2012 Review Jamalco’s 2011 financial, environmental, and community performance.
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First Quarter 2014 Business Update

Alcoa’s roots in Jamaica go back to 1959 with the formation of Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa. The company mined bauxite for export, with the first shipment in 1963.

In 1972, the company began processing bauxite into alumina at a new refinery in Halse Hall, Clarendon, with a production capacity of 500,000 metric tonne per year (mtpy), and exporting alumina from its port facility at Rocky Point. The refinery's capacity was upgraded to one million mtpy in 1999, and then to 1.25 million mtpy in 2003. The completion of a further upgrade in March 2007 lifted the production capacity of the refinery to 1.425 million tonnes per year.

In 1988, the Government of Jamaica acquired a 50 percent share in the operations. The resulting company was name Jamalco, with Alcoa as the managing partner. Following the expansion completed in 2007, Jamalco is now owned 55 percent by Alcoa and 45 percent by the Government of Jamaica.

What We Do

Jamalco mines bauxite and refines it into alumina before exporting the alumina from its port at Rocky Point, Clarendon. On average, 2.5 tonnes of bauxite produce 1 tonne of alumina. The alumina is exported to aluminium smelters where it takes around 2 tonnes of alumina to produce 1 tonne of aluminium metal.

 


 

Links to more information about Jamalco


Jamalco - Building Communities
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Quick Facts about Jamalco
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Aluminium and the Environment
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Aluminium... the Metal of the future
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Jamalco at a Glance
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Adding Value from the Ground up
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