Aluminium hunt in Malawi.
Resources group, Billiton plc, has applied for an extension of its
bauxite exploration licence in Malawi to hunt for further deposits of
the aluminium ore. The British company hopes to extend its strikes to
reserves of 50m tons, in which case it will establish a refinery in
Malawi to feed processed alumina to its Mozal smelter near Maputo in
The company also has considerable bauxite resources in northern
Mozambique and Madagascar. The Malawi deposit has so far been mapped at
28m tons. If exploration in Malawi hits the 50m ton target, bauxite ore
from Madagascar will be imported to augment the Malawi stockpile. Mozal
currently imports its alumina from Australia.