Australia

Rio Tinto Begins Work on New Bauxite Mine on Cape York

Rio Tinto Begins Work on New Bauxite Mine on Cape York

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto began work on a new bauxite mine in Cape York by awarding a US$53-million contract to Queensland civil engineering firm QBrit. The new mine, dubbed the Amrun Project, is a US$2 billion operation that is expected to...

Events

Parting Shot – Obama Administration Takes China’s Aluminium Overcapacity to WTO

The Obama Administration initiated a complaint at the World Trade Organization on Thursday over government subsidies given to aluminium producers by the People’s Republic of China. This complaint, which is the sixteenth (and likely final) such complaint against China with the trade body, alleges that Beijing has been handing out low-interest loans and energy subsidies […]

Portland Smelter Workers Offered More Leave

The future of Alcoa’s smelter in Portland, Australia continues to remain uncertain after the firm offered additional annual leave. The smelter has been operating at one-quarter capacity, was damaged last month after a brief loss of power allowed aluminium to solidify along one of the plant’s two potlines. Although the Victorian Government and Alcoa did […]

Fiji Government Yet to Release Bauxite Royalties

Fiji’s Ministry of Lands is awaiting permission from its permanent secretary before releasing FJ$600,000 (US$283,614) in royalties from bauxite mining activities to relevant landowners. Local media inquired as to the status of such funds with deputy secretary Malakai Nalawa after they say they had been given conflicting statements regarding the timetable for release of the […]