Press Release: Earthlife Africa Welcomes End to Rio Tinto Smelter

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Welcomes End to Rio Tinto Smelter Earthlife Africa Jhb 16th of October 2009 Sense is beginning to reign in the South African energy sector. Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation, Department of Trade and Industry, and Rio Tinto announced yesterday that Rio Tinto/Alcan’s planned aluminium smelter at Coega was scrapped. This has saved South Africa billions in power generation CAPEX, and marks the end of Earthlife Africa Jhb’s three-year campaign against the smelter. The 1350MW smelter would have required Eskom to have effectively built a new coal-fired …

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Sustainable Energy Briefing 13: The DTI’s Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme: Who’s Benefit?

In late 2006, the first contract was signed between a foreign company and the South African Government under the recently adopted Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme (DEPP). That deal was with the aluminum company Alcan and in regards to its proposed smelter at the Coega IDZ. The details of that deal remain a secret to this day. Why? Because the DEPP is biased towards the interests of foreign multinationals, and promotes a culture of secrecy. This Sustainable Energy Briefing aims to highlight some of the concerns surrounding the DEPP. Download this …

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