(CARIBBEAN 360) – The first cargo of alumina produced by the Alpart refinery under its new Chinese owners has been shipped from the island.
The shipment, which totalled 35,000 tonnes, is destined for China. It is the first following the resumption of operations in June after acquisition of the plant by China’s State-owned Jiuquan Iron & Steel Group (JISCO), and comes after a nine-year hiatus.
JISCO paid US$299 million to acquire Alpart and spent more than US$60 million to facilitate its reopening.
Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry, who was on hand for the departure of the cargo last Friday, said that JISCO, in partnership with the workers of St Elizabeth and Manchester, has enabled the bauxite industry in that part of the country to be “like a Phoenix rising from the ashes”.
“The bauxite industry is experiencing a rebirth, the likes of which we have never seen before in Jamaica,” he added.