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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 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 the Malawi stockpile. Mozal currently imports its alumina from Australia.
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Publication:African Business
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Geographic Code:6MALA
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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