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Alcoa Provides Update on Hurricane Dean's Impact at Jamaica Operations (posted 9/12/07)

Alcoa recently announced it has completed its hurricane assessment at its alumina refinery and port that were affected by Hurricane Dean in August.

Alcoa recently announced it has completed its damage and impact assessment at its Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC) alumina refinery and port that were affected by Hurricane Dean in August. As previously announced, the refinery operations were halted on August 18 in advance of the hurricane. The refinery remained curtailed until power could be restored, and production has begun.

The majority of the impact for Jamalco occurred at the port in Rocky Point, Clarendon, which will require significant repairs and temporary logistical support for shipping alumina while repair work is completed. This work includes preparing storage for alumina, which is currently limiting production to 50% of capacity, with full operation anticipated by early November. Taking into consideration insurance coverage, the total Alcoa impact from the hurricane, including lost production, business interruption and repairs, is estimated to be $10 million after-tax, the majority being in the third quarter.

Jamalco is 55% owned by AWAC and 45% owned by the Government of Jamaica. AWAC is a global alliance between Alcoa and Alumina Ltd., with Alcoa holding 60%.

More information is available at www.alcoa.com.


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