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Guinea’s bauxite output drops by 16.4%

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Conakry, Guinea — MININGREVIEW.COM — 24 March 2010 – Guinea’s annual output of the aluminium ore bauxite in 2009 fell 16.4% below the previous year’s production, according to a government document seen by Reuters.

According to figures from the Finance Ministry document seen here, the West African country “’ which depends on mineral exports for much of its foreign currency income “’ also produced 15.8% less alumina in 2009 than it did in 2008.

Total production of bauxite was 14.8 tonnes in 2009, and total production of alumina was 500 400 tonnes, according to the document.

Guinea “’ the world’s biggest exporter of bauxite “’ is trying to emerge from a political crisis which has disrupted relations between the government and some mining firms, and slowed the pace of business since a military coup in December 2008.

A similar document in December said bauxite production was down 22.9% in the first nine months of the year, a fall blamed partly on "institutional instability."

Resources firms Alcan, Rio Tinto and RUSAL are active in Guinea’s bauxite and alumina industry.