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Portovesme / 2006


The industrial centre of Portovesme, in southwestern Sardinia, was established in late 1960s through state intervention. The aim was to relaunch the local mining sector, in deep crisis, by providing on-site transformation facilities. Large lead and zinc smelters were opened then, in addition to a coal-fired power station and a primary aluminium factory. Most of these plants were sold to private multinational companies in the 1990s. Meanwhile, all the mines have been closed and the industries of Portovesme faced a crisis in turn. In recent years the whole aluminium sector has been dismantled, while the future of non-ferrous metallurgy remains pretty uncertain.