Metro Mining’s Bauxite Hills mine in North Queensland is on track for production after construction activities commenced at the site.
Contractor SAB Mining has mobilised to site and begun civil works, with an initial focus on preparing the Port area for marine infrastructure. The contractor will then begin upgrades to the existing roads as well as construction of new haul roads.
The fabrication of the BLF jetty piles and structural steel has been completed in China and is currently being shipped to Australia. The tug and barge fleet has also been mobilised and is en-route to site to pick up piles, steel and other equipment.
A separate barge will be created for marine piling works.
Once at site, the jetty piles and steel headstocks will be installed in the Skardon River by Foreshore Marine Queensland.
The Barge Loading Facility conveyor system is also being constructed, and once complete, will be shipped to site for installation.
Construction of the Bauxite Hills accommodation village is also progressing, with twelve bunk-houses already completed. These will provide additional accommodation during the construction phase.
Metro said it is focused on providing employment opportunities through the company and its contractors for both the traditional owners of the land, the Ankamuthi people, and the wider Indigenous community.
The company has so far achieved 25 per cent Indigenous employment.
“This is an exciting time for Metro and our shareholders,” Metro Mining managing director Simon Finnis said.
“The company has entered the execution phase and we are committed to delivering the Bauxite Hills mine on time and on budget.”
Metro Mining completed raising the funds necessary to being construction at the North Queensland site last week.
Planned production for the mine is expected 2Mtpa, which will increase to 6Mtpa over the first four years.