The refinery is scheduled to be idled by November 30, 2015. The curtailment and ongoing discussions are aligned with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business.

Discussions between Alcoa and the Government of Suriname began in October 2014 to reach a joint solution for Suralco that has faced expiring bauxite reserves and lacks a long-term energy solution.

“Suralco’s ongoing energy challenges and limited bauxite supply, combined with unfavourable market conditions, mean it is no longer possible to continue operations,” said Bob Wilt, President Alcoa Global Primary Products. “Our immediate attention now turns to the employees of Suralco who have worked hard during these challenging times. We understand how difficult this decision is for employees and we will work closely with them and our unions, government and community stakeholders during the transition.”

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