Global Alumina Announces Joint Venture Review of Development Plan

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ -- Global Alumina Corporation (TSX: GLA.U) (the
"Company" or "Global Alumina"), a corporation participating in a joint venture
to develop an alumina refinery, mine and associated infrastructure in the
bauxite-rich region of the Republic of Guinea (the "Project"), announced that
the joint venture board approved additional Project funding of $15.8 million
for the month of February 2009, of which Global Alumina will be responsible
for its one-third share.  The joint venture board also directed its management
to conduct a comprehensive review of the Project's proposed development plan
with the intention to examine ways to capture the cost reduction opportunities
provided by a cooling world economic climate and to enhance the Project's
readiness in the near-term by maintaining work in Guinea and improving the
capacity of Guinean individuals and institutions through training and skills
development.  The revised development plan will be considered at a future
meeting of the joint venture partners.

    Global Alumina has approximately $102.7 million in cash, $89.9 million of
which is in escrow available for Project development and $12.8 million of
which is unrestricted and available for general corporate purposes.  A final
Third Deferred Subscription Payment of $33.3 million remains due to the
Company on the completion of the Project debt financing.

    About Global Alumina
    Global Alumina and its joint venture partners are developing a 3.6
million metric tons per annum steady state capacity alumina refinery located
in the bauxite-rich region of the Republic of Guinea.  The joint venture
partners in the Project are Global Alumina International, Ltd., a wholly owned
subsidiary of the Company, BHP Billiton, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited and
Mubadala Development Company PJSC.  The Project is one of the most advanced
new projects in Guinea with the refinery already in feasibility stage and
critical path infrastructure and site work already underway.  The Company
offers a first mover advantage over other projects in the region and an
opportunity for socially responsible investing in a country that holds over
one-third of the world's bauxite resources. Global Alumina is headquartered in
Saint John, New Brunswick and has administrative offices in New York, London
and Montreal. For further information visit the Company's website at


For further information:

For further information: Michael Cella of Global Alumina,
+1-212-351-0010,; or Maura Gedid of Breakstone Group,
+1-646-452-2335,, for Global Alumina Web Site:

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