AURUKUN BAUXITE PROJECT
About the project
Glencore is assessing the feasibility of developing a new open cut bauxite mine in western Cape York, Queensland, 23 kilometres north-east of Aurukun and approximately 160 kilometres south of Weipa.
The project could produce up to eight million dry tonnes per annum of washed bauxite over a life of more than 20 years.
The bauxite would be mined by conventional open cut mining methods using front end loaders and haul trucks.
Bauxite ore would be screened and washed in an on-site beneficiation plant. The washed bauxite would be transported by road train to a coastal loading facility approximately 20 kilometres from the plant.
If successful, the mine is expected to employ up to 300 people during the two-year construction phase, with an average operational workforce of around 400 people based on current project planning.
The project requires government and regulatory approvals in addition to an agreement with the Traditional Owners before an investment decision can be considered.
Key approval requirements are expected to include:
- agreement with Traditional Owners
- mining lease and appropriate land tenure for mine and infrastructure requirements
- environmental approvals from both State and Commonwealth governments including preparation of an
- a Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plan (PRCP)
- water approvals to provide security of supply for bauxite processing
- a port declaration as part of maritime operations.
We are working with local agencies, the Queensland and Federal governments and key stakeholders to progress these approval requirements.
Importantly, the long-term viability of any mining operation depends on customer support. Through our global marketing business, we are engaging with our existing customer base to ensure the sustainability of any development.
What is bauxite?
Bauxite is the primary ore from which aluminium metal is extracted.
Aluminium is a widely used metal in a range of industries, including transport, construction and packaging.
It is a metal that can be recycled endlessly with approximately two thirds of all the aluminium ever produced still in use today.