First arrival of bauxite at Yarwun from new mine
REFINERY ENTERS NEW ERA WITH THE ARRIVAL OF FIRST BAUXITE FROM NEW MINE
THE first shipment of bauxite from the $2.6 billion Amrun mine made its 2000km sea journey and arrived at Rio Tinto Yarwun this week.
More than 80,000 tonnes were unloaded from the ship RTM Weipa and delivered to the Yarwun refinery on Monday, following its voyage from Amrun’s Chith Export facility near Weipa last week.
Rio Tinto Yarwun general manager Mark Gilmore said the delivery, made six weeks ahead of schedule, marked a milestone for the company.
“It not only marks the start of additional supply to our two alumina refineries and smelter in Gladstone but will support China’s significant import needs for decades to come,” Mr Gilmore said.
“Amrun has provided a major boost to the Queensland economy, and will continue to do so, not only on Cape York Peninsula, but also here in Gladstone.”
The Far North Queensland mine will replace production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increase annual bauxite exports by around 10 million tonnes.
Amrun is expected to reach a full production rate of 22.8 million tonnes a year during 2019.
The more than 80,000 tonne cargo is set to be refined and smelted in Gladstone at the Yarwun and Queensland Alumina Limited refineries and Boyne Smelter.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said since the mine was approved in 2015 the government worked closely with Rio Tinto to ensure local businesses and employees were engaged.
“Rio Tinto is a significant contributor to Queensland with its bauxite to aluminium supply chain investing A$3.7 billion in Australian wages, suppliers and community contributions every year,” he said.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said Amrun’s development meant confidence in the future for the local community in Weipa.
“Local employment and training opportunities are so important to the communities of the Cook electorate, and as I said in my maiden speech in Parliament earlier this year, I want to work with the mining industry to increase local employment in the interests of both local residents and the companies.”
Weipa has been the heart of Queensland’s bauxite mining industry for more than 50 years and supplies the raw product used to produce 10 per cent of the world’s aluminium.
The Amrun project is expected to add around 10 million tonnes to the state’s bauxite exports.
READY TO UNLOAD: RTM Weipa's first delivery of bauxite to Rio Tinto Yarwun on December 10.
Rio Tinto Yarwun general manager Mark Gilmore with maintenance services manager Dave O'Brien at the first delivery of bauxite from RTM Weipa on December 10.
Bauxite unloaded at Rio Tinto Yarwun.