On instruction from the South African government and electricity utility supplier Eskom, and in an effort to stabilise the power situation in South Africa, BHP Billiton has begun reducing power demand at the Hillside, Bayside and Mozal aluminium smelters by approximately 10 percent.
The three smelters have begun taking a certain number of pots out of production in a controlled manner. We expect the 10 percent reduction in demand to be reached in the next five days.
We believe this situation will remain for the next few months. The impact on production for the current financial year ending 30 June 2008 will depend on how long the tight power supply continues.