Bauxite exports from Guinea's CBG suspended: sources
(Audio available further inthis article)
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Bauxite exports from Guinea's CBG have been suspended due to further damage to the machine used to load boats, company and government officials said on Sunday.
The suspension follows a previous accident on a conveyor belt last month, which froze exports from the world's top supplier of the aluminum ore for ten days. Exports had restarted on September 20 after the earlier incident.
CBG, a joint-venture between Alcoa, Rio Tinto and the Guinean government, is the world's largest bauxite exporter company with annual shipments of around 13 million tonnes.
(To listen to this article, click on the player below)
"There was an accident on T1, which is the last section of the conveyor that loads the boats. This has caused a shutdown of the operation," said one source at CBG, who asked not to be named as they were not authorised to speak publicly.
The source said that some of the repairs from last month's incident appeared to have been damaged when a counterweight gave way.
Kemoko Toure, managing director of CBG, said there had not been an accident but confirmed that the conveyor belt had been damaged and repairs were on-going.
The bauxite is loaded onto ships at Kamsar, some 300 km (186 miles) northwest of Conakry, Guinea's capital.
A senior official in Guinea's ministry of mines confirmed that CBG's exports had been stopped by the incident but he did not comment on the severity of the breakdown.
"There was an incident at around 2300 (GMT) last night but CBG's engineers are working to try and get things back to normal," the official said.
"These accidents should not massively affect the targets CBG have set to export 13.5 million tonnes of bauxite this year. It may end up at 13 or 13.3 million (tonnes) but the target has not been abandoned," he added.
Guinea's bauxite production rose 5.2 percent year-on-year during the first half of 2011 to 9.7 million tonnes, according to a government report, released last month.
DECLARATION DU CNT SUR LA SITUATION SOCIOPOLITIQUE DU PAYS ET LES SCENES DE VIOLENCE OBSERVEES NOTAMMENT A CONAKRY.
Depuis plusieurs semaines Conakry est le théâtre de scènes de violences, d’affrontements entre les forces de l’ordre et des manifestants, de destruction de biens publics et privés, d’actes de vandalisme ayant entrainé d’énormes pertes en vies humaines, de nombreux blessés graves, des dégâts matériels et financiers importants. Cette situation a engendré un climat de psychose générale portant une atteinte grave au tissu social, aux libertés de circulation et de mouvements des citoyens, dont un grand nombre vit du quotidien. Face à cette situation préoccupante pour tous et suite à de multiples sollicitations notamment celle des organisations de la société Civile, le Conseil National de la Transition (CNT) a convoqué ce mardi 28 mai 2013 une séance plénière extraordinaire pour exprimer sa préoccupation par rapport au climat de violence récurrente, prendre position et recommander des solutions pour un arrêt immédiat des violences dans la cité. (Audio disponible dans la suite de l'article)
Notre compatriote “Karamba Bayo” vient de publier un livre intitulé « WHY DO I LOVE AMERICA ? ». Ce livre est vendu à Amazon.com où vous pouvez avoir votre copie. Un extrait : …To illustrate this diversity a little, let us consider the city of Utica in New York, where more than 11,000 refugees have settled since 1979. This diversity has particularly inspired me- as from a Bosnian refugee who was breathless in his country said once, after coming to live in this New York suburb, “When your whole world is turned upside down, the opportunity to start a normal life is like one tiny dot of light in a dark room”, and he added…
Radio Indiana Guinea
La RIG, l'une des plus grandes radios africaines en Amerique du Nord tournant 24 heures sur 24, tous les jours, vous propose du nouveau.
Emissions et Information:
-Les Grandes gueules a 14 Heures sur le canal 2 et a 19Heures sur Radio Indiana.
-Les Plumes Antiques: A partir du 26 Fevrier: Les Chevaliers errants de Victor Hugo. -Des oeuvres à vous couper le souffle.Tous les jours à 13:00 Heures et à 21:00 Heures Eastern.
-Vos mobiles au 213 493 0294ou simplement utiliser le menu Ci-dessus ou le boutton ci-dessous.
(Reuters) - Rival gangs fought with knives and truncheons in Guinea's crumbling seaside capital on Friday as ethnic tension worsened before an election in the unstable West African nation, witnesses said.
Security forces in full anti-riot gear piled into the backs of pick-up trucks and deployed across Conakry to separate the fighters as President Alpha Conde's government appealed for calm.
"It has become very bad. People set fire to a car right in front of me. I've seen four people injured in the fighting," said Souleymane Bah, a resident of Bambeto, one of several areas where clashes were reported.