Rio Tinto Commissions Amrun Bauxite Mine
Amrun shipped its first bauxite in December, six weeks ahead of schedule. At full production, it will have capacity to produce 22.8 million metric tons per year (mt/y) of bauxite, with options to expand. Rio Tintoís total annual bauxite export capacity from the Cape York peninsula will increase by about 10 million mt at a time when higher-grade bauxite is becoming scarcer globally.
The Amrun mine, plant, and export facility were approved in 2015. In an industry first, the projectís 1-kilometer-long export facility was built in modules offsite and then brought to Amrun and connected, reducing over-water construction and painting and reducing construction time by a year. Safety was also increased by removing the need for 300,000 work hours that would have been spent at height and over water.