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Alcoa remains committed to the US$1.2 billion expansion programme at its Jamalco alumina refinery in Clarendon, which would see the Halse Hall plant doubling its production at the completion of the project.
The first phase of the expansion – called the Early Works Programme (EWP) – has already begun. The US$77 million Early Works Programme is expected to employ some 400 workers at its peak later this year, with completion scheduled for November. Critical design work is already being done in earnest, in anticipation of the major construction works, which will see approximately 3,500 persons being employed.
A major aspect of the expansion project is the construction of a power house, which will utilise Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The Jamaican Government is currently negotiating with Trinidad on the supply of LNG, and these discussions have to be completed before the project can go ahead.
In an interview with JIS News, Vice-President of Advanced Planning and Infrastructure at Alcoa, Jerome Maxwell, who is also a Director of Jamalco, explained that the LNG-generated equipment would result in greater efficiency.
“As soon as these negotiations between Jamaica and Trinidad are completed, we will move ahead with the project to build the power house,” Mr. Maxwell pointed out.
“The commitment to this expansion project by Alcoa is firm and resolute,” Mr. Maxwell emphasized, adding that in this era of globalization, Alcoa needed to remain competitive and its Jamaican operations were an important aspect of that strategy of competitiveness.
“Jamaica is definitely on,” said an upbeat Mr. Maxwell.

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