Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) said yesterday its next batch of bauxite ore from Bald Hill mine is ready ahead of schedule, with shipping to port to commence in several days.
Per the firm, the 35 thousand metric ton shipment is cement grade, and shipment from the mine near Campbell Town, Tasmania to port facilities at Bell Bay is to begin on August 8. ABx says the project was accelerated in order to use the port facilities during a lull in use as well as to take advantage of a drop in fuel prices.
ABx indicated that the bauxite at Bald Hill is extracted and shipped by contractors, with mining, processing, and blending carried out by Hazell Brothers and transport to Bell Bay accomplished by Dave Wagner & Son Pty Ltd.
Upon reaching Bell Bay, ABx has contracted with TasPorts and QUBE Ports, with the latter party carrying out stevedoring duties and handling stockpiling of the bauxite ore. Monson Shipping will provide shipping agents at Bell Bay, while Briar Maritime is expected to provide independent ship surveys.
ABx did not indicate the buyer of the batch in question, the shipping destination, nor the price paid for the load.
Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The firm boasts combined JORC resources of 124 million metric tons in twenty-two tenements covering almost two thousand square kilometers in Eastern Australia. Its Binjour tenement in Queensland is considered by the company to be its flagship project.