MCARTHUR RIVER MINE
Who we are
McArthur River Mine in the Northern Territory is one of Glencore’s most remote Australian operations.
The open cut mine produces zinc and lead for use in a wide range of commercial and domestic products. In 2020, McArthur River Mine produced 279,300 tonnes of zinc, 54,900 tonnes of lead and 1.6 million ounces of silver.
Operating since 1995, McArthur River Mine is a key contributor to the Northern Territory and national economy, providing significant employment and purchasing of goods and services.
Our 2020 contribution at a glance
employees and contractors
goods and services
McArthur River Mine is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria region:
- 970 kilometres south-east of Darwin by road, or 716 kilometres by air
- 65 kilometres south-west of Borroloola township, with a population 871 (2016 Census).
Road train and ship transfers
Our lead concentrate is trucked 800 kilometres to our Mount Isa Mines lead smelter for further processing.
While zinc concentrate, which also contains silver, is trucked 120 kilometres north to the Bing Bong Loading Facility at the southern end of the Gulf.
There it is loaded on to MV Aburri, a bulk carrier run by Carpentaria Shipping Services. Specifically designed for our operations, MV Aburri expertly navigates the Gulf channel to an offshore transfer zone, where the concentrate is transferred to ocean-going ships.
We mine and process zinc, lead and silver which are exported to customers around the world.
The potential of our zinc, lead and silver resource was identified in the 1880s but remained largely untapped for decades.
We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees, the environment and the communities in which we work.
We seek talented people to join our team at all levels of experience, from trainees and graduates to experienced professionals.