Aldoga sets the record straight

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ALDOGA management are dispelling recent comment that their Gladstone aluminium project is dead, announcing construction is expected to begin in June next year.

Managing director John Benson visited Gladstone yesterday to rebuke media claims that the project had fallen over.

"I found it necessary to set the record straight as there was a fair bit of misinformation at government and local levels,'' Mr Benson said.

When asked about a State government release which stated the project was unlikely to go ahead, Mr Benson conceded his own management skills had resulted in much of the speculation.

"To a certain extent I'll take that on the chin,'' Mr Benson said.

Mr Benson said because Aldoga was a private company, it had adopted a policy of not going public with its plans, resulting in Gladstone and the wider media being kept in the dark.

However, Mr Benson said with much of the securing of resources and contracts complete, they could begin revealing their plans.

Most recently, Aldoga secured a bauxite supply from the Kimberley basin.

The organisation is also exploring several options for constructing an alumina refinery, most likely in northern Western Australia, to refine the bauxite into alumina which will then be used in its aluminium smelter.

If everything goes according to plan Mr Benson expects construction to be complete and the first metal to be produced by June 2007.

He said the plant should be fully commissioned and operational by June 2008.

Mr Benson also met with Gladstone City mayor Peter Corones yesterday.

Mr Corones said the meeting gave him confidence in the project.



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