The plant, which closed in 2009, is owned by the Russian aluminium giant.

According to Paulwell, Alpart's closure is having a detrimental effect on the local community of St Elizabeth where Alpart was a major employer.. He is keen to 'get employment going' again and has made it clear to Rusal that Jamaica cannot afford to keep the place under lock and key.

Alpart's closure three years ago was rooted in energy issues, according to Paulwell. He has stressed that a solution will be found before the end of this month (December).