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The Guinea Alumina Project partners Global Alumina with three world-class companies that bring more than capital to the table. The three companies’ combined experience, reputation and interest in expanding their own alumina interests mean that their strategic growth interests are well aligned with Global Alumina’s.
BHP Billiton is the world’s largest diversified resources company and the world's sixth largest producer of primary aluminum, with a total operating capacity of more than one million metric tons of aluminum, approximately 14 million metric tons of bauxite and four million metric tons of alumina per year. BHP Billiton was formed by the 2001 acquisition by BHP (Australia) of Billiton (UK) and maintains a dual listing and headquarters in Australia and London. In addition to its bauxite, alumina and aluminum interests, BHP Billiton has interests in coal, steel, iron ore, manganese, copper, nickel, uranium, oil and gas, diamonds, silver and titanium. BHP Billiton employs about 38,000 people in 100 operations in 25 countries.
Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL) is the owner of one of the largest single-site aluminum smelters in the world, under expansion to produce 900,000 metric tons per year in 2008. DUBAL, which is wholly owned by the Dubai government, produces and exports primary aluminum products to more than 40 countries worldwide. DUBAL and Mubadala formed a joint venture to develop a 1.4 million metric tons-per-year capacity aluminum smelter in Abu Dhabi, and together with Sonatrach, a 700,000 metric tons-per-year aluminum smelter in Algeria. DUBAL currently has no interests in existing bauxite or alumina assets.
Mubadala Development Company is a principal investment company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, with a mandate to establish new businesses and acquire interests in existing businesses either in the United Arab Emirates or abroad. Mubadala invests in a wide range of strategic sectors including energy, utilities, health, real estate, public-private partnerships, basic industries and services. The company’s goal is to diversify and further develop the rapidly growing economy of Abu Dhabi, while achieving solid returns on commercially viable investments. Mubadala and DUBAL are co-developing aluminum smelters with combined capacity of 2.1 million metric tons per year. Its Guinea Alumina investment represents its first strategic investment in bauxite and alumina production.