Bord Pleanála has postponed the decision to apply to extend the Aughinish Aluminum linked to the Russian oligarchs until at least September.

Europe’s largest alumina refinery, ughinish Aluminum, is linked to the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on the EU sanctions list.

Deripaska is the largest shareholder of EN + and holds significant shares in Rusal, the owner of the Olegnish facility. This raised the prospect that Rusal and the Oleg Deripaska plant here could be included in the sanctions directed at Deripaska.

Neither Oinish nor Rusal are within the scope of EU sanctions, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said.

An Oinish application to expand Co Limerick’s business was scheduled for last Wednesday. However, Oinish and his opponents of the plan were recently told by AnBord Pleanála to be with the plan inspector. The application will be processed by September 16th.

In December, Aughinish applied for a plan permit to raise the maximum height of the Bauxite Residues Disposal Site (BRDA) (“Red Mud” Pond) to 44 meters and raise the dangerous salt cake level to a new maximum. .. 35 meters. These side-by-side areas store two major by-products of bauxite treatment.

We also want to expand the borrowed pits to facilitate further blasting in the field to provide materials for expanding BRDA.

According to the plan report, this development will extend BRDA from 2030 to 2039.

Aughinish employs 482 people directly and more than 385 contractors.

Apart from this, the lobby register entry shows important lobbying by Oinish Alumina after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This includes Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin and Irish Deputy Prime Minister.

Oinish declined to comment.

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