Alutech project relaunched

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has said this coun­try brought the re­cent years of eco­nom­ic un­cer­tain­ty up­on it­self when the Alu­mini­um Smelter plant in La Brea was scrapped a decade ago.

“We did this to our selves,” said Dr Row­ley at the launch of the Alutech project at the Tamana In­Teck park on Wednes­day morn­ing.

“Had we gone in­to that alu­mini­um busi­ness then and not shut it down fool­ish­ly for po­lit­i­cal stu­pid­i­ty, to­day we would have had smelter­ing alu­mini­um prod­ucts of the high­est qual­i­ty,” said Row­ley, who said the plant had the po­ten­tial to bol­ster the econ­o­my in midst of dip­ping oil prices.

Row­ley said in­stead of reap­ing the ben­e­fits of the plant, the coun­try in­curred loss­es due to the plant’s clo­sure and in­abil­i­ty to use the TGU pow­er plant con­struct­ed to fa­cil­i­tate the plant for sev­er­al years.

The Prime Min­is­ter said while the Alutech park was a re­turn to the alu­mini­um in­dus­try for this coun­try, he stressed it was not the re­turn of a smelter plant.

“We are not restart­ing the alu­mini­um smelter. We are not. We have lost it,” said Dr Row­ley.

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