BHP Billiton ordered to reveal Africa smelters’ energy costs

Mar 19, 2013 | 03:04 PM | Jethro Wookey

Tags  BHP Billiton, Eskom, South Africa Supreme Court of Appeal, Hillside, Mozal, aluminum, Jethro Wookey

LONDON — South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed BHP Billiton Plc’s challenge of a South Gauteng High Court ruling that the miner must disclose what it is paying for electricity supplied to its Hillside aluminum smelter in Richards Bay, South Africa, and its Mozal smelter in Mozambique.

The appeal was dismissed by the SCA’s deputy president, Khayelihle Kenneth Mthiyane, who also ordered power group Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to pay application costs to South African publishing group Media 24, on whose behalf journalist Jan de Lange originally requested the information under the country’s access to information laws. ....

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