Metallica Minerals Obtains Mining Lease from Queensland Government

Metallica Minerals Obtains Mining Lease from Queensland Government

Brisbane’s Metallica Minerals Limited announced yesterday that it has obtained a mining lease from the Australian state of Queensland. The lease opens the door to mining at the Urquhart Bauxite Project once proper infrastructure is in place. Metallica obtained the mining lease...


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 harvest 22.8 million metric tons per annum at the outset, with an option […]

Rio Tinto’s Improved Yarwun Refinery Sets Production Record

According to fourth-quarter numbers released by Rio Tinto on Monday, its refinery at Yarwun, Australia, set a production record last year. Rio Tinto’s final numbers for last year show the Yarwun refinery’s production at 2.104 million metric tons, which was an eleven-percent increase over 2015. When taken together with Rio’s other refinery at Gove, the […]

Cape York Bauxite Mining Benefits Local Indigenous People

Bauxite mining on Australia’s Cape York is proving to be a boon for many members of the area’s Aboriginal population, much of which is considered economically disadvantaged. Murray Korkatain, a Wik traditional owner interviewed by local media is preparing to enter into a Local Aboriginal Person traineeship. The eighteen-month program will teach him to operate […]

Metro Mining Ltd Shareholders Approve Bauxite Hills Financing

Australia’s Metro Mining Limited announced on Tuesday that it has obtained shareholder approval to issue shares to Greenstone Metro Holdings LP. The move is part of Metro’s strategic funding arrangement, allowing it to go forward on its Bauxite Hills project in Queensland. The US$6.7 million in shares issued to Greenstone makes the firm Metro’s largest […]

Layoffs Coming at Rio Tinto’s Weipa Operations

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group is warning employees at its bauxite operations at Weipa, Queensland that layoffs are on the horizon. The firm cited declining aluminium prices and increased competition as reasons behind the coming force reduction. Rio Tinto did not specify exactly how many of the site’s 1,400 employees would receive pink slips. […]