Smelter demise exaggerated: Aldoga



ALDOGA has not only refuted claims by the media that its aluminium smelter project is dead, but they have taken it one step further announcing they are also looking to build an alumina refinery.

Managing director John Benson this week issued a release in response to a report in The Courier Mail that the project had folded.

The report said he and chair-man Karl Stewart had resigned.

"It was a surprise to me to learn, on my return from overseas, where we had been negotiating an extended scope with our Chinese partners NFC and Exim Bank, that I had resigned from Aldoga,'' he said. Mr Benson said rather than folding the project had grown stronger.

Moves had included initiatives to secure a supply of alumina for the smelter, which included plans to build a alumina refinery, how-ever a decision had not yet been made if the refinery would be built in Gladstone.

"The Aldoga Smelter project project remains the Aldoga Group's number one priority,'' Mr Benson said.

"The work we have completed in Western Australia on our baux-ite leases will lead to the development of plans for an alumina refinery in addition to the Gladstone smelter.''

Mr Benson said the smelter and refinery would be built in parallel, with international submissions for construction and delivery under consideration.



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