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Rusal plans mining operation expansion in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- A Russian bauxite company is planning a $21 million expansion at its main plant in the South American country of Guyana.

UC Rusal is adding more than 130 pieces of equipment to its operation as it prepares to open two new mines in the southeast Berbice region. They will be managed by its subsidiary, Bauxite Company of Guyana.

General manager Ruslan Volokhov said Wednesday that he expects the new mines to supply bauxite for 30 years. Bauxite is the main source of aluminum.

Last month, China's Bosai Minerals Group announced a $100 million expansion of bauxite operations in southeast Linden.

The government is still investigating Rusal's dismissal of dozens of workers almost two years ago after they protested working conditions.