Metro completes Bauxite Hills infrastructure ahead of 2018 production launch

Metro Mining has finalised critical marine infrastructure at its Bauxite Hills project and is on track to launch production at the Cape York peninsula operation in northern Queensland during the second quarter of 2018 (just in time for the dry season).

The completed developments include a barge loading facility (BLF), cyclone moorings, tidal gauge and navigational aids and a marine offloading facility.

An accomodation camp and fuel farm are on course for completion by the end of 2017, while civil work on haul roads is progressing well, according to the company.

Simon Finnis, Metro Mining managing director, expressed congratulations to his team and partners for their timely delivery.

“Our team and partners really need to be congratulated on a fantastic effort to get the major items of infrastructure complete and commissioned in this timeframe,” he said.

“A special thanks must go to Transhipment Services Australia, who were the project managers for the BLF and marine infrastructure, for a job well done.”

Metro’s Bauxite Hills mine, which has been estimated to have a 17-year mine life, is one of the largest independent operations in the Weipa region at 1800 square kilometres. The company also owns a major thermal coal resource, the Bundi deposit, in the Surat Basin.