According to foreign news on March 8th, global mining giant Rio Tinto reported on Friday that its Amrun bauxite mine in northern Australia will enter full production after the production expansion phase, and its Weipa project output will increase. one third.
Rio Tinto's global bauxite production is about 50 million tons, accounting for about 15% of global supply.
The company has said that after full-load production, the Amrun project bauxite production will reach 22.8 million tons, making Rio Tinto's Northern Australia's Weipa production reach 35 million tons / year.
Rio Tinto CEO JS Jacques said in a statement: "The project and related engineering and port facilities will replace Rio Tinto's increasingly depleted East Weipa project, which will increase the annual bauxite export capacity by approximately 10 million tons. Quality bauxite is becoming scarcer worldwide."
Amrun approved the construction in November 2015. It was originally expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2019 and will be fully loaded by the end of the year.
Bauxite is mainly used to produce metal aluminum. The largest amount of aluminum is in the construction, transportation and packaging industries.
“Aluminium is one of the fastest growing base metals in the world,” Jacques said. “We expect demand to grow steadily and will remain strong.” The first shipments of the project were shipped in December last year.