Latin America

Brazilian Group Sues Norsk Hydro Over 2018 Alunorte Spill

Brazilian Group Sues Norsk Hydro Over 2018 Alunorte Spill

Tens of thousands of Brazilian residents have joined in a class-action lawsuit against Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro ASA for allegedly being harmed by a wastewater release in the state of Para three years ago. The suit is being brought on behalf...


Guyanese Government Restarts Talks With Rusal Over Access To Aroaima Mine

The Guyana government has begun talks with Russian Federation aluminium giant UC Rusal over re-opening operations along the Berbice River. Two Rusal executives met with ministers of the Guyanese government last week in an effort at resolving the impasse that has restricted Rusal’s use of the waterway since late last year. Bauxite Company of Guyana […]

Hydro Halts Production At Paragominas Bauxite Mine For Pipeline Repairs

Norwegian aluminium smelter Norsk Hydro ASA said yesterday it has halted the flow of bauxite ore through the pipeline out of Mineração Paragominas to the Alumina do Norte do Brasil refinery for an extended period of maintenance. The move has resulted in a stop in production at Paragominas and a reduction in output at Alunorte, […]

UN Calls Upon Venezuela To Crack Down On Illegal Bauxite Mining

The United Nations is calling upon the Venezuelan government to crack down on illegal bauxite, diamond, and gold mines in the country, saying such illicit operations are run by criminal gangs who mistreat and murder mine workers. According to a UN report, Venezuela’s security forces have largely failed in stopping such behavior, and have in […]

Power Restored To Paragominas And Alunorte After Tower Collapse

Norwegian aluminium smelter Norsk Hydro ASA said late last week that power has been restored to Mineração Paragominas, allowing production to ramp up to previous levels at both the mine and Alumina do Norte do Brasil’s alumina-refining operation. Hydro says it continues to work with local authorities to determine the cause of the power outage, […]

Power Cut To Alunorte Alumina Refinery Prompts Sharp Reduction In Output

Norwegian aluminium smelter Norsk Hydro ASA said yesterday that operations at Paragominas bauxite mine and Alunorte alumina refinery have been impacted due to a power outage occasioned by the toppling of a trio of power transmission towers in the area. Per the firm, work to repair the towers is currently underway, with an estimated repair […]