Aluminium hunt in Malawi.
Resources group, Billiton plc, has applied for an extension of its bauxite bauxite (bôk`sīt, bŏk`–), mixture of hydrated aluminum oxides usually containing oxides of iron and silicon in varying quantities. 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 alumina (əl`mĭnə) or aluminum oxide, Al2O3, chemical compound with m.p. about 2,000°C; and sp. gr. about 4.0. to its Mozal smelter near Maputo in neighbouring Mozambique.
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 aug·ment
v. aug·ment·ed, aug·ment·ing, aug·ments
1. To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity: the Malawi stockpile stock·pile
A supply stored for future use, usually carefully accrued and maintained.
tr.v. stock·piled, stock·pil·ing, stock·piles
To accumulate and maintain a supply of for future use. . Mozal currently imports its alumina from Australia.