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:: BHP Billiton Approves Hillside Expansion

BHP Billiton has announced approval for the Hillside aluminium smelter expansion (Hillside 3) at Richards Bay. The US$449 million project will increase production by 132 kt/a, 25% of Hillside's existing capacity. Hillside 3 will comprise a third potline (of half size), an anode-baking furnace, additional casting facilities and related infrastructure. Construction will start in April 2002, and commissioning is scheduled for April 2004 with full production expected in mid-2004. The existing Hillside plant is one of the world's lowest cost primary aluminium producers.

 

 

   

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