AURUKUN BAUXITE PROJECT
Glencore was granted a Mineral Development Licence over the Aurukun bauxite resource in 2018.
However, the project has had a long history before Glencore’s involvement, dating back to the 1950s.
Background to Glencore involvement
Following a competitive tender process run by the Queensland Government in 2013, Glencore entered into a Development Agreement with the Queensland Government in early 2015 to assess the feasibility of developing the Aurukun Bauxite resource.
A Mineral Development Licence over the resource was granted with effect from January 2018 which enabled feasibility and environmental studies to begin.
Since 2016, we have been engaging and consulting regularly with the Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders on potential project plans. We recognise that the genuine and direct involvement of the Traditional Owners and Aurukun community is vital to the project's future success.
|1955||Geologist Harry Evans identifies bauxite at Weipa.|
|1958||The Queensland Government gives Comalco the rights to mine the best bauxite deposits.|
|1961||Comalco starts bauxite mining at Weipa.|
Geologists explore the Aurukun bauxite deposit to determine its size and understand the quality of the bauxite.
|1975-2004||During these years, the lease over the Aurukun bauxite deposit was held by a group of companies called the Aurukun Associates. Many people called the area during this time "the Pechiney lease" because Aluminium Pechiney Holdings was one of the companies in this group. Aurukun Associates did not develop the lease and the Queensland Government took the lease back.|
|October 2004||The Federal Court recognises Wik native title.|
|2007-2011||Following a bidding process run by the Queensland Government in 2006, Aluminium Corp of China (Chalco) is awarded the rights to the resource. Chalco are required to both develop the mine and build an alumina refinery in Queensland. Following an extensive feasibility study it is concluded that a refinery is not viable and the Queensland Government decided to terminate the lease in 2011.|