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The level of improvement at Jamalco in 2009 was the highest among alumina refineries in Alcoa’s Global Primary Products (GPP) network.
This was announced by Alcoa’s Executive Vice President and President of Alcoa’s GPP Business Unit, Mr. Bernt Reitan, who led a high level team of Alcoa Executives on a visit to the Clarendon based bauxite and alumina facility, this week.
Mr. Reitan noted that while other Alcoa refineries had shown improvement, he was particularly impressed with Jamalco, given the position of the company at the end of 2008. “All the parameters have shown a lot of progress and the plant is very clean,” he told members of Jamalco’s executive management team.
In commending Jamalco’s employees and management for successfully meeting the challenges of 2009, Mr. Reitan said he was pleased with the alignment of the process and business systems across Jamalco’s operation.
He noted that Jamalco has refined its strategies and taken the company to the next level. “This is terrific and dynamic,” he declared.
Jamalco ended 2009 with its best ever annual production of alumina, with 1.4 million metric tonnes – some 100,000 metric tonnes above the previous 2006 record of 1.3 million metric tonnes. This placed the facility fourth on the cost curve among the nine Alcoa refineries.
Mr. Reitan pointed out that the major challenge facing Jamalco now is its energy cost, and there is need to find an alternative energy source to replace oil, urgently.
The Executive Vice President was accompanied by Chief Operating Officer of Alcoa’s GPP network, Mr. John Thuestad, and Alcoa’s President for Latin America and the Caribbean region, Mr. Franklin Feder.
They also visited Jamalco’s mining operations in Manchester and Clarendon, the port at Rocky Point, Clarendon, as well as the residue storage area.