Brazilian metals producer Votorantim Metais will start construction of its US$3.3bn Alumina Rondon project in Pará state in 2013, company director Jones Belther told reporters at the PDAC convention in Toronto.
This year Votorantim will spend US$60mn on studies for the plant which will have initial capacity of 3Mt/y by 2016, news service Brasil Mineral reported
An expansion to raise output to 6Mt/y is expected to come on line in 2020, according to Belther.
The company will start operations at a bauxite mine in phase one to produce the 7.7Mt/y needed for the alumina plant. The mine, which has reserves of 1.25Bt with an average content of 43.1% Al, will also be expanded to produce 15.4Mt/y in 2020.
In phase one, output from Alumina Rondon will be transported by road to Barcarena port in the same state, until the company finishes the construction of a railroad for the operation.
Votorantim Metais, a unit of Brazilian conglomerate Votorantim, is the world's third largest zinc producer.