Start of Alumina Production in September
The country’s first alumina plant in Lam Dong province is now due to get its first product, quoting Tran Duong Le, deputy director of the complex’s management board. Vinacomin, or the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group, has also been developing the Nhan Co project in Lam Dong’s neighbouring province of Dak Nong, with projected initial output of 600 kt of alumina. Vinacomin has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for both the complexes in Lam Dong and Dak Nong to China Aluminum International Engineering Co (Chalieco). Chalieco is a subsidiary of state-owned Aluminum Corp of China, or Chinalco, the country’s top aluminium producer. Vietnam’s mostly untouched bauxite ore reserves are estimated at between 5,6 billion and 8,3 billion t, making it the world’s 3rd-largest after Guinea and Australia. Lam Dong alone has more than 1 billion t, provincial authorities have said. Lam Dong and Dak Nong are among Vietnam’s biggest coffee growing provinces but the bauxite mining areas would not hurt coffee trees, traders said. Vietnam is the world’s 2nd-largest coffee producer after Brazil (Source: Reuters) (07/2011).