Monday, April 16, 2007
Officials in Paramaribo are moving ahead with plans to lobby for the construction of a smelter plant and a bauxite mining contract for deposits in the Bakhuys Mountain in the western part of Suriname. Energy Minister, Gregory Rusland, is reported to have said that with or without a smelter in Trinidad, his country will proceed with negotiations with Alcoa and its subsidiary Suralco as well as newcomer BHP Bilton, for the establishment of an aluminum smelter in Suriname. The minister said that since Suriname is pushing for greater economic development, it would have to pay a price and give up part of its environment and bio-diversity. The energy minister maintained however, that an environmental impact and social impact study would be undertaken before any decisions to build could be formalized.