Alcoa Eyes Major Plant Expansion in Australiaby Staff
Pittsburgh Business Times, July 3, 2003
Alcoa Inc. plans a $270 million expansion of a refinery in Australia, the company said Thursday. Pittsburgh-based Alcoa, which is the world's largest aluminum producer, said it approved engineering work for the expansion of its Pinjarra alumina refinery in Western Australia. The project will expand the plant by 600,000 metric tons of production capacity per year, the company said. Presently, the refinery produces 3.4 million metric tons of alumina a year.
Alcoa said engineering work will begin immediately. The expansion is contingent on government approvals and if those are granted, the expansion could be completed by 2005.
Alcoa said it will work closely with officials of the Australian government to secure regulatory and environmental approvals. The final design will incorporate strong environmental controls, the company said.
Building the expansion would employ up to 1,000 construction workers, Alcoa said.
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