Weipa mine dou­bles down

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - NICK DAL­TON nick.dal­ton@news.com.au

A CAPE York mine is nearly dou­bling its pro­duc­tion of baux­ite to meet grow­ing de­mand.

Metro Min­ing says or­ders from China are lead­ing to the $7 mil­lion ex­pan­sion which would in­crease pro­duc­tion at Baux­ite Hills near Weipa from 2 mil­lion wet met­ric tonnes a year to 3.5m tonnes next year.

Metro man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Fin­nis said Metro had ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in de­mand for baux­ite from a range of cus­tomers in China.

“The op­er­a­tion has now pro­duced over 1.6 mil­lion tonnes of baux­ite and we have iden­ti­fied low cost and short lead time ini­tia­tives to in­crease pro­duc­tion next year,” he said.

“The pay­back on the cap­i­tal would be well within the 2019 cal­en­dar year, an ex­cel­lent re­turn.”

The com­pany says the ex­pan­sion will be done dur­ing the planned wet sea­son shut­down in the first quar­ter of next year.

The ex­pan­sion will be han­dled by the ex­ist­ing work­force of 201.

“The in­crease in pro­duc­tion will al­low Metro to de­liver mean­ing­ful vol­umes to cus­tomers that have ex­pe­ri­enced short­ages of do­mes­tic baux­ite sup­ply,” a com­pany state­ment said.

“Metro’s prod­uct has been well ac­cepted in China with sales be­ing made to a to­tal of five cus­tomers to date.

“Much of the ex­ist­ing plant and in­fra­struc­ture at Baux­ite Hills has been de­signed to ac­com­mo­date higher op­er­at­ing lev­els so the ini­tia­tives to in­cre­men­tally in­crease pro­duc­tion are easy to im­ple­ment and low cost.” The ex­pan­sion in­cludes: ■ Sup­ple­ment­ing the cur­rent truck and haulage fleet con­fig­u­ra­tion.

■ Du­pli­cat­ing screen­ing ca­pac­ity at the barge load­ing fa­cil­ity.

■ Ac­cel­er­at­ing in­stal­la­tion of a jaw crusher to en­able ship­ment of over­sized ma­te­rial.

■ Sup­ple­ment­ing the ma­rine fleet and on-wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture to max­imise ef­fi­ciency of tug and barge move­ments.

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