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Alcoa Reaches Greenland

The Greenlandic parliament has agreed to further investigate the feasibility of constructing an Alcoa aluminum smelter in Greenland. American aluminum company Alcoa also operates a smelter in Iceland, in Reydarfjördur in the East Fjords.

Brent Reitan, Alcoa’s Executive Vice President and President of Primary Products, is pleased with the collaboration between Alcoa and Greenland’s home rule. Greenland is under Danish rule.

“We are being warmly welcomed and involved in a process that the government and the parliament are leading with exceptional care. It provides us with a great deal of comfort that our Greenlandic partners are firmly committed to the studies required to determine the feasibility of this proposed project,” said Reitan.

“We are together building the foundation for not only a new industrial base for the Greenlandic economy, but also the beginnings of a long and mutually rewarding friendship,” Reitan added.

According to a press release from Alcoa, the vast majority of Greenland’s MPs accepted the home rule’s proposition on a smelter with a production capacity of 340,000 tons, located in Maniitsoq on the west cost of Greenland.

The next phase of the process will be to investigate the smelter’s impact on Greenland’s environment, economy and community.

The parliament is expected to convene again in 2009 to consider a possible ownership position for Greenland in relation to the project.

If everything goes according to plan, aluminum production in Maniitsoq could begin in 2014 or 2015.

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