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Noranda announces new capital projects for its Gramercy facility

Friday, May 19, 2017

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LOUISIANA, United States – Noranda alumina refining company today announced that it has approved more than $35 million of capital improvements at its Gramercy, LA refinery, the majority of which is designated for the expansion of its chemical grade alumina (CGA) production and increasing its capacity to manage residual bauxite at the site.For its CGA expansion, Noranda in a release, said it will undertake the design and installation of an additional hydrate filter, dryer, and related production, storage and shipping infrastructure at the facility.

That capital project is expected to increase Noranda's annualised CGA production by greater than 200,000 metric tons within the first half of 2018.

Noranda will also undertake the design, construction, and installation of two filter presses and related infrastructure that are expected to be in full operation by the end of the first quarter of 2018. With the addition of this state of the art filter press technology, Noranda will not only expand its capacity to store and effectively manage its ongoing residual bauxite, but also will be able to significantly reduce the volume of its existing residual bauxite lakes and extend the life of the facility.

To assist Noranda with these modernisation and expansion projects, which are expected to add a large number of new jobs in Gramercy, Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the state of Louisiana is providing a package of significant incentives and tax credits to the company.

"These capital improvements represent the largest capital expenditure at Gramercy in more than a decade. The projects will not only expand the production capacity for our valued CGA customers and create new jobs for our community; they will help ensure the continuation of this business and its 400 plus jobs by enabling us to operate more efficiently and effectively and with even greater environmental responsibility,” David D'Addario, CEO of Noranda, commented. “We are grateful to Louisiana Economic Development and Governor Edwards for the confidence they have shown in the success of our business as demonstrated by LED's significant financial support.”

Noranda is the alumina refining and Jamaican bauxite mining assets formerly owned by Noranda Aluminum.

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