are desperately waiting for the reopening of the two closed bauxite plants.
Notwithstanding the environmental question mark, the bauxite industry is the
life blood of this region of the Island.
Negotiation between The Government and the Principals of the bauxite company concerning reopening is on going. The sticking point seems to be the energy cost; Jamaicans are charged some of the highest kilo watt rates on the Planet.
Chemical laden red mud is the dangerous by product of bauxite works. World wide, this red mud is stored in ponds and is an environmental nightmare.
has set the standard for the design and use of safe red mud ponds. Though in
this instance safe is relative; non- existence of any red mud lake would have
been best. Jamaica
Since the sixties,
has been trying to make
good economical use of the red mud but without the advantage of modern
technology the success of the experiments has been limited. Fast forward to 2012: China – factory to the world –
wants all the useful minerals they can get. Jamaica
Could this be the second wind central
been looking for? Is the Government really serious about maximizing Jamaica ’s
mineral wealth? All will be revealed in the coming years. Jamaica