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The Government, through Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited, has reached an agreement with Century Aluminium Company and China Min Metals Aluminium Company Limited, to conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of an alumina plant at Lydford in St. Ann.
This was announced yesterday (May 15), by Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, at a post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.
He said the aluminium companies have formed a joint venture with a view to exploring the potential of developing a new bauxite mining and alumina refining enterprise in Jamaica.
Speaking further, the Information Minister noted that the pre-feasibility study, which is to get underway shortly, could include the possible utilisation of the old Reynolds facility at Lydford, which had ceased operations in 1988, but has since been owned and managed by Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited.
“The study is expected to be completed in 18 months and will review all aspects necessary for developing and operating an alumina plant with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes annually,” Senator Campbell pointed out.
“The government, of course, is pleased about the study and is looking forward to the results as well as working with its partners on this joint venture,” the Minister added.