Monday, August 22, 2022 marked the first anniversary of the fire at the alumina processing plant Jamalco, an event described as one of the worst disasters in the company’s 63-year history.

Jamalco mines bauxite and refines it into alumina which is exported from its Rocky Point port in Clarendon. It is a joint venture between General Alumina Jamaica Limited (a member of the Noble Group) and Clarendon Alumina Production Limited, a Jamaican Government-owned company.

A major fire which broke out at the company’s powerhouse on Sunday, August 22, 2021, extensively damaged it, dislocating the company’s source of power, compressed air and steam which were used for the refining operation.