To present a view into the global context of the Greenlandic aluminum project, we will in the following two weeks publish a short series of stories on the aluminum industry.The stories will aim at providing relevant background information and the future prospects of the aluminum industry and consequently the aluminum project in Greenland.The first week we will publish a story that puts focus on the consumption of aluminum. What is the consumption now and how will it develop in the future.
Olga Berthelsen Ljungdahl, member of the Qeqqata Kommunia municipal council of IA, believes that companies and individuals must both begin to adapt to future demands. "We must move away from ingrained thinking habits if we are to have maximum benefit of future business opportunities" she says. Olga B. Ljungdahl participated in the delegation from Qeqqata Kommunia Municipality to Icelandat the beginning of October 2011, together with a number of business people. Here she talks about her impressions.
"Alcoa persists to be positive about the continuation of work on project studies in collaboration with Greenland's Government," said the Alcoa’s Icelandic contact person for the Greenland aluminium project, Kristjan Halldorsson, at a seminar on the aluminium project in September 2011.Kristjan Halldorsson is Alcoa's Community Relations Manager for North Iceland and he has been associated with the aluminium project in Maniitsoq since 2009. During the public meeting in Maniitsoq, Kristjan Halldorsson also said:
Jakob Lyberth, member of Board of MAPP, the fishing and hunting association in Maniitsoq, who was recently been on an information trip to East Iceland, believes that the aluminium project, if realised, will help to improve conditions for the hunting and fishing industry in the Maniitsoq area.
The purpose of the new home page is to make it easier and more appealing to search for information about the aluminum project. Since the beginning of the project in 2006 many assessments and reports have been made. The task of realizing the project is ongoing. www.aluminium.glhas the aim of gathering and conveying the knowledge and activities that have been built up around the project throughout the years and also giving the opportunity to search for information about the current status of the project.
Tirsdag den 6. september 2011, kl. 19.00 - 21.30i Maniitsoq forsamlingshusTirsdag den 6. september inviterer Naalakkersuisoq for Erhverv og Råstoffer Ove Karl Berthelsen og Borgmester for Qeqqata Kommunia Hermann Berthelsen til et borgermøde om aluminiumsprojektet, der afholdes i Maniitsoq forsamlingshus kl. 19.00.
At the beginning of June, 16 students from class 9.a from Atuarfik Kilaaseraq in Maniitsoq, along with their teacher Vilhelm Josefsen and parent representative Søren Lyberth went on a study trip to East Iceland. During the study trip, 9.a visited among other places Alcoa's Fjardaál aluminium smelter at Reydarfjördur and Karahnjukar hydroelectric station, which is owned by the Icelandic energy company Landsvirkjun. Vilhelm Josefsen says that after returning to Maniitsoq they jointly evaluated the benefits of the study trip.
Kirsten Teera Grønvold og Marianne Skifte Møller er to kvindelige aktive medlemmer af Maniitsoq borgerforening, som deltog på informationsrejsen til Island i maj måned. De beretter deres rejse positivt hvor de siger, at de fik mange gode oplysninger med i bagagen. Under borger informationsmødet som blev afholdt efter turen fortalte Kirsten Teera Grønvold at hun i starten af aluminiumsprojektet har været en af tvivlere men dette havde ændret sig under Islandsturen idet hun ikke har grund til at sige nej til projektet.
Tirsdag d. 7. septermber 2011 afholdtes der Borgermøde i Maniitsoq vedr. aluminimumsprojektet med deltagelse af Naalakkersuisut, Alcoa Island og Qeqqata Kommunia som værter.Alcoa kunne på borgermødet bekræfte deres fortsatte interesse for projektets gennemførelse. Aluminiumsefterspørgslen globalt er igen i vækst, og vil vokse fortsat med stærkt stigende behov især i Kina.Borgermødet præsenterede dog en vis fælles bekymring for projektets anlægsøkonomi, der har vist sig som en potentiel hindring for et økonomisk sundt og konkurrencedygtigt smelterværk.
Greenland can gain substantially from the Aluminum Project. But how to gain the most for society from this project? The Danish consultancy NIRAS has studied this in 2007 and again in 2010, in the report ‘the financial impact of the aluminum project’.
Alcoa Earns 'Best in Class' Status for Environmental and Social Performance; Added to Storebrand Best in Class Mutual FundsNEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recognized for its leading environmental and social performance in the metals and mining industry, Alcoa announced november 6th 2007 that it has earned ‘Best in Class' status by Storebrand Investments and qualifies for the Storebrand Best in Class mutual funds and other Storebrand SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) mandates.
The hydro plant and the 56 km (35 mile) transmission line to Nuuk was inspected Oct. 2 by Alcoa¹s project manager of hydropower Greg Ott, with Mike McCaffrey from the American engineering company PB Power. The two were joined by Svend Hardenberg, Nukissiorfiit and engineer Jørgen Raae Andersen, who was project manager on the construction of the hydro plant. In this way, Alcoa had oppotunity to study the tecnical solutions and discuss 15 years of experience Greenland have had with the plant¹s operation.