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Alcoa Seals Bauxite Supply Contracts Worth US$350 MM

Alcoa Seals Bauxite Supply Contracts Worth US$350 MM

American aluminium supplier Alcoa announced Wednesday that Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC), a joint venture between Alcoa and Alumina Limited of Australia, signed several bauxite supply contracts valued in the aggregate at US$350 million over the coming two years. The firm...

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Jean-Sébastien Jacques to Replace Sam Walsh as Rio Tinto CEO

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto will be under new leadership this summer, as current CEO Sam Walsh will step down on July 1. Rio’s copper and coal leader Jean-Sébastien Jacques is slated to step into the vacated position after a period as deputy CEO, beginning today. Before running Rio Tinto’s copper and coal, Jacques worked […]

Challenges Ahead for Rio Tinto’s Bell Bay if Power Not Restored Soon

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, the general manager of Rio Tinto’s Bell Bay aluminium smelter, Ray Mostogl says that the electricity crisis in Tasmania may mean long-term production cuts or even closure if the situation is not resolved soon. The failure of an undersea electricity line and a drought that has taken […]

Queensland Bauxite Negotiating with Rail Company for Development of NSW Reserves

Australian mining company Queensland Bauxite has opened negotiations with Australian Infrastructure Developments (AID) to explore options for the transport of the former’s bauxite production in New South Wales. AID, a freight project developer, is proposing to build a national freight infrastructure connecting the country’s western inland corridor at Moree to Glen Innes, where it would […]

Political Leaders Calling on State of Victoria to Help Keep Alcoa Smelter Open

Green Party leadership in the Australian state of Victoria are asking Alcoa to declare whether or not its smelter in Portland can remain profitable if government subsidies are not renewed, and what the state government will do to insure the smelter remains open. The firm is expected to lose discounted energy from the state this […]

Alcoa Seeks Extension of Environmental Approval for Wagerup Refinery Expansion

American aluminium major Alcoa is keeping its options open vis-à-vis a planned billion-dollar expansion of its alumina refinery in Wagerup, Western Australia. The firm has petitioned the state government for an extension on the environmental approval they obtained a decade ago. Michael Parker, Alcoa of Australia’s managing director, indicated that the company applied for a […]