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IN today’s News Wrap: Alpha Fine Chemicals dumps Esperance nickel refinery plan in favour of WA’s ‘lithium valley’; Rio is said to charge US buyers 10% more on value-add products; and NSW government’s Resources Regulator speaks out about Austar closure.

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Alpha Fine Chemicals dumps Esperance nickel refinery plan in favour of WA's ‘lithium valley'

The proponent of a WA nickel refinery has pulled the pin on plans to base it near the seaside town of Esperance, blaming community protests for its decision to take the contentious project to Kwinana, according to the West Australian.

Alpha Fine Chemicals announced earlier this month it wanted to base the plant, which it claims will create between 50 and 60 full-time jobs and produce 20,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate for battery makers annually over the next 20 years, in Perth's "lithium valley".

The original proposal to base the site near farmland on Myrup Road met staunch opposition from nearby farmers, who submitted a petition with 819...

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