Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell, says hundreds of jobs will flow the decision of Russian mining giants, UC Rusal, to resume operations at its bauxite alumina plant at Alpart in Nain St. Elizabeth, by December 2016.

The Minister announced this morning that Rusal had signed a deal with the Jamaican government.

Operations at Alpart plant were shut down in 2009, putting hundreds of workers out of jobs.

Minister Paulwell was the bearer of good news today, telling journalists at Jamaica House that the Alpart refinery will resume output in late 2016.

But he says mining activities at the location will resume as early as next month.

Paulwell says he’s confident Rusal will meet the agreed timelines.

The Mining Minister says today’s announcement has implications for job creation, with 2-hundred-and-50 contractors expected to be taken on when Alpart is operating at full steam.

According to the Minister, there will be employment opportunities over the short to medium term.

Minister Paulwell outlined more positives from the agreement.

And Minister Paulwell says negotiations are ongoing with UC Rusal regarding the re-opening of the Kirkvine bauxite plant in Manchester.

Operations at Kirkvine were brought to a halt on March 31, 2010, leaving more than one thousand workers unemployed.

Earlier this year, North East Manchester Member of Parliament, Audley Shaw, said it appeared the Kirkvine plant was being scrapped.

But addressing today’s media briefing, Minister Paulwell said he has no such information.

Phillip Paulwell, Mining Minister addressing a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister this morning.

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