RUSAL to set date for resumption of bauxite shipments in Guinea after investigation

20 September

RUSAL will determine the timeframe for resuming bauxite shipments in Guinea after the investigation into the collision of freight trains carrying the company's products is completed and the railroad track is restored, the company's press office told TASS.

"Currently, an investigation into the causes of the incident has begun, representatives of the company are providing all necessary support to the relevant agencies in Guinea. The timing of the resumption of transportation can be determined after the completion of the investigation of the railway accident and the restoration of the track," the company's press service said.

The accident, which was reported earlier Monday by Guinean radio station Fim FM, killed one person and injured five. According to the radio station's sources, the incident occurred because the drivers were unable to communicate and agree with each other. 

Russian citizens were not injured in the collision of freight trains in Guinea, the Russian embassy in the republic told TASS.

RUSAL, the largest aluminum producer outside China, owns the Kindia bauxite company in Guinea, as well as the Friguia bauxite and alumina complex. In addition, the company is implementing a project in the country to develop the world's largest bauxite deposit Dian-Dian.

Situation in Guinea

Guinea accounts for 20% of the world's bauxite output, the main raw material for aluminium production. RUSAL produced 7.435 million tons of bauxite from its assets in Guinea in 2020, half of its total production of this raw material.

On September 5, colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, commander of Guinea's elite special forces unit, announced the detention of 83-year-old Doumbouya The rebels abolished the constitution, dissolved the government, appointed military governors, and imposed curfews. Key countries around the world, including Russia, condemned the military's unconstitutional actions, calling for Condé's release and a negotiated settlement.

Dumbuya assured foreign investors and partners that the country's new authorities would honor their commitments and urged mining companies to continue operations.



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Based on materials from TASS