The operator of the Gove alumina refinery is waiting to hear whether the Northern Territory Government has been able to lock in a gas supply to power the plant.
Pacific Aluminium is considering temporarily suspending operations at the refinery next month because it is losing money.
But the Rio Tinto subsidiary says it would continue refining bauxite at it's Northern Territory mine if an affordable supply of gas can be secured to power the refinery.
The Territory and Federal Governments have been involved in negotiations to find a supply of gas and build a $500 million gas pipeline from Wadeye to Gove so Italian energy company ENI could supply the gas.
Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills indicated last week he would make an announcement about the progress of the talks today.
However, an ENI spokesman says the negotiations are continuing.