I write a letter


Ruth Maclean tells us (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/27/russians-have-special-status-politics-and-mining-mix-in-guinea) that the Rusal owned Friguia complex in Guinea “mines bauxite and refines it into aluminium.” Sadly not so, the plant produces alumina. A few letters difference might not seem like much but the transformation of alumina, the oxide, into aluminium, the metal, requires the addition of some $1,000 worth of electricity per tonne produced. This is not something normally done in an energy deficient African economy.

yours etc

6 thoughts on “I write a letter”

  1. I did send it in and rather to my surprise they’ve already corrected the article…..and emailed back to to say so as well.

  2. The Pedant-General


    I’m surprised they didn’t lock you up for assuming their collective gender pronouns?

  3. BnLiA

    With the rise in our electricity prices and the demand for aluminium smelters to cut their output when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine, I don’t imagine we’ll be doing it much longer in Oz either.

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