December 11, 2009 Alcoa announced the expansion of the Alumar alumina refinery in northern Brazil, where capacity more than doubled from 1.5 million metric tons per year (mtpy) to 3.6 million mtpy. Alcoa’s share of the expansion will be 1.1 million mtpy.
September 15, 2009 Alcoa announced that the company commissioned the opening of its new bauxite operations in Juruti, Brazil. The Juruti operations, which are part of the Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) joint venture with Alumina Limited in which Alcoa holds a 60% share, consist of a port facility, a mine and a 50 kilometer rail system to the port. Initial output at the mine
will ramp up to 2.6 million metric tons per year.