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Nalco, Project Suspension


South Africa's Nalco has suspended operations in Iran where it was building an 800 MW power plant and an aluminum smelting facility. The firm said it had failed to find adequate financing for the projects and is still in talks with lenders. Some Nalco executives, however, concede that the decision was largely political.


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  • Discussion Date: Mon, 2009-11-16
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1. "Nalco shelves SA project; puts Iran project on hold", The Economic Times, 16 November 2009, available at

2. "Nalco Shelves South Africa Projects", Wall Street Journal, 16 November 2009, available at

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