Alcoa Plans for export through Bunbury Port

The following was received from Mr Mal Briggs, Vice President Alcoa Bauxite – In December 2016, Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) received State Government approval to export up to 2.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of bauxite for five years to external customers from Kwinana Bulk Terminal (KBT). This volume represents less than eight per cent of Alcoa’s current annual bauxite mining in WA; the vast majority of ore mined will continue to be supplied to our three WA refineries.
As KBT is unlikely to achieve shipping of the full 2.5 mtpa, we recently gained approval to also export through the Port of Bunbury for an initial two-year period. Using both port facilities will help us build exports to the approved rate. We are currently finalising plans to transport WA bauxite from Wagerup Alumina Refinery to the Port of Bunbury, with the first bauxite shipment planned in early November. While longer-term we propose to rail bauxite to port, in the short-term transport will be by road via the South-West Highway. Trucking will occur Monday – Saturday from 7am – 7pm and Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am – 6pm with approximately four to six loaded truck movements from Wagerup refinery per hour. Meanwhile, we continue to develop our longer-term plan to rail bauxite to the Port of Bunbury, including infrastructure design, environmental assessments and government approvals. WA Bauxite exports provide an opportunity to strengthen Alcoa’s operations in the State through more efficient use of existing resources and infrastructure and will not impact bauxite supply to our three WA alumina refineries.

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