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Guinean Boom in Top-Quality Bauxite Set to Boost Economy

  • Guinea output of ore used in aluminum set to more than double
  • Guinea has more than a quarter of the world's bauxite reserves
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Red bauxite powder mined by Guinea’s biggest producer -- flowing past a mangrove swamp on a conveyor belt and plunging through a giant funnel into the Rio Tamara ship -- has been the country’s steadiest source of income since it was first mined four decades ago.

The company churning out the ore -- owned by Rio Tinto Plc, Alcoa Inc., Dadco Alumina & Chemicals Ltd. and the government -- will also lead a new wave of investment that may spur the West African nation’s economy and more than double bauxite output, which is refined and then smelted into aluminum.