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strict limits set by the government of Jamaica and the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) in terms of CO and NOx at the powerhouse,” Mr. Stavitskiy explains. “We monitor and control those parameters. There is a good working relationship with NEPA, the Jamaican Bauxite Institute, and the Water Resources Authority of Jamaica. Every quarter those agencies have meetings and inspections at our plant, where they review our plant performance. Certain checks are carried out and following that visit they provide recommendations that we always strive to fully implement. Eventually environmental certification is provided.” Wetting of roads at the mines is used to capture and reduce the volume of dust thrown up, while sprinklers are used at Ewarton mud stacking (red mud disposal area) for the same reason. Meanwhile, a recent major overhaul of Ewarton’s electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) was carried out. These electrical filters, placed inside of kilns, are used to prevent dust from leaving the kilns and play a crucial role in limiting dust overall. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS “WINDALCO has a social budget,” says Mr. Stavitskiy. “There is a specific program with actions for helping our communities which includes support for local schools and hospitals. In addition we have financial aid in the form of scholarships and bursaries for students at the University of Technology here. Financial assistance is also rendered to the local communities.” “The company has been sending young Jamaican people to Russia for

education. A few years ago, for example, we sent five students to the Moscow University of People’s Friendship. They will be completing their education very soon then returning to Jamaica to work at WINDALCO. The students are on a full scholarship that includes tickets, accommodation, education, and some assistance with living expenses such as clothing. At the end of last year we also sent 13 more young Jamaican people to Russia, the City of Krasnoyarsk, to study at the Siberian Federal University. They will learn the Russian language as well as a technical trade and, on completion, will also return to Jamaica and have contracts with WINDALCO. In addition to that a high percentage of our workforce is from our local communities.”

CERTAINTY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD WINDALCO considers one of their most important achievements the simple fact of having kept Ewarton and Port Esquivel running despite the uncertain global alumina market. While plants across North and South America have been shutting down, WINDALCO has managed to maintain full production capacity at Ewarton without reducing the size of its workforce. “Our main objective remains to keep this plant in operation,” Mr. Stavitskiy says. “To sustain and keep upgrading it, and to continue employing people.” Given the success they have already achieved, and their continuously excellent production figures, there is no reason to believe WINDALCO will not meet all its goals. c

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