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Government approves Alcoa’s Wagerup expansion

ALCOA has welcomed the state government’s formal environmental approval of its proposal to expand its Wagerup alumina refinery. The expansion plan involves the construction of a third production unit at the refinery and upgrades to the existing facility, to deliver improvements in efficiency and environmental outcomes. Production capacity is expected to increase from 2.6 million tonnes to 4.7 million tonnes per year as a result of the expansion. Alcoa World Alumina Australia managing director, Wayne Osborn, said the project would create more than 1,500 construction jobs, in addition to 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. Mr Osborn said the expansion would also provide over $11 million in extra state government revenue per year, and around $17 billion in additional export revenue over the life of the project.

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