Metro to complete bauxite mine construction by year-end

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

Ongoing works for the construction of the bauxite mine at the Bauxite Hills site in Australia are on schedule.

Construction of Metro Mining’s Bauxite Hills mine is expected to be completed by the end of this year, the company announced in September.

The announcement follows the concession of three mining leases on the part of Australian local authorities that were crucial to proceed with the development of the bauxite mine.

At Bauxite Hills, Metro Mining is joining its existing bauxite project with the adjacent Skardon River bauxite project, previously owned by Gulf Alumina.

Works carried out at this stage include loading and transport facilities in the river, shoreline and road connections.

Cyclone moorings are being installed in the Skardon River, Metro said in its latest update released to the ASX.

Contractor SAB Mining is handling the clearing of the areas designated for the barge loading facilities (BLF). The conveyor system for the BLF is being assembled in Cairns by CSF Steel Fabricators, and will be delivered by mid-September.

Additional civil works including upgrading the existing roads and sediment dam works are also in progress.

Metro Mining signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China’s Shandong Aluminium Company Limited (Lubei) for a three-year supply of bauxite sourced at its Bauxite Hills project in Queensland, Australia in May this year.

The non-binding agreement cover a volume ranging between 50,000 tonnes and 1m tonnes bauxite per year, with shipments due to start once Metro’s operations is up and running from April next year.