As Votorantim gets ready to start work on its Alumina Rondon Project – a BRL 6.6 billion project scheduled for completion in 2017 – the company has assured Seicom, through the protocol, that it will provide Para State with enough infrastructure to accommodate the project as well as to help develop the region.

The project will comprise a bauxite mine, washing plant, alumina refinery and a steam and power co-generation plant. An initial production capacity of 3Mt of smelter grade alumina is planned and capacity is likely to double as the project completes phase ll development.

Seicom wants to attract at least 10 new companies to its mining and metals industry by 2014, according to local press reports

Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro and the American light metal giant Alcoa have already signed partnership agreements with Para State.

Votorantim Metais, part of the Votorantim Group, owns and runs four aluminium plants, three of which produce bauxite and ship it to the company's 475kt/year Aluminio plant.