Mubadala seals Guinea bauxite agreement
Abu Dhabi, November 3, 2012
Abu Dhabi state-owned investment company Mubadala has signed a long-term supply agreement with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) for the main raw material in aluminium, the Emirati state news agency reported.
Guinea is the world's largest exporter of bauxite and CBG boasts of an annual production of 13.5 million tonnes.
"The agreement with Mubadala will make a significant contribution to Guinea's economy by enabling the expansion of CBG to more than 20 million metric tons of bauxite per year," Guinean Mines Minister Mohamed Lamine Fofana was quoted as saying by the WAM.
The agency did not report the duration or value of the contract, which was concluded between CBG and Mubadala.
Mubadala Development's demand for bauxite is expected to reach 5 million tonnes per year by 2017, a Mubadala spokesperson told Reuters.
Fofana was also quoted as saying at a signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi that the new agreement would add $500 million to Guinea's gross domestic product.
The Guinean company CBG - a joint venture between the Guinean state and a consortium of companies including Halco Mining Inc, Alcoa, Rio Tinto, and Dadco - has an annual production of 13.5 million tonnes.
A CBG official in Conakry told Reuters it would take the company at least three or four years to raise production to 20 million tonnes per year.
"We can't do it right away," he said, asking not to be named. "We will definitely need to proceed with an expansion project first."
In March, Fofana said Guinea had started negotiations for Mubadala to take a stake in CBG. But Guinea said the supply deal did not result in Mubadala taking a stake.-Reuters
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