Aughinish Alumina replaces Rio Tinto with west African supplier

Operations at the plant in west Limerick, which is part-owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, have been threatened by Rio Tinto’s decision to suspend business with the company after the Ukrainian invasion

An aerial view of the Aughinish Alumina plant, near Askeaton, Co Limerick. Picture: Liam Burke Press 22

The Aughinish Alumina refinery has secured new supplies of bauxite from west Africa after its previous supplier pulled out due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

There are continuing concerns about the operation of the giant plant in west Limerick, which is part-owned by Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire Russian oligarch. He has previously been a frequent companion of Vladimir Putin on the Russian leader’s trips abroad.

Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has said ...