Rio Tinto Amrun bauxite project achieves $100m energy milestone

Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project in far north Queensland has achieved a significant energy milestone, following the completion of upgrades to the project’s 20MW power station.

The $100 million Amrun power station, constructed by Scotland-based energy specialist Aggreko, has 22 diesel generators and four transformers. It will be used to export permanent power across Amrun’s mines and associated infrastructure within the next few months.

Amrun is Aggreko’s largest Australian power supply project, with an initial 15-year contract that is extendable by a further five years.

Aggreko Australia-Pacific managing director George Whyte said, “I’m incredibly proud of the work our people on the ground in Weipa have achieved to date on the Amrun project. This achievement was delivered on time and most importantly, in a safe manner with zero injuries.”

Last week, Rio Tinto received crucial infrastructure for completion of the $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project, which was first announced in 2015. Located on Cape York Peninsula and employing over 1000 people, Amrun is expected to launch production in the first half of 2019.

“We are delighted with the expertise and efficiency Aggreko has brought to the delivery of our $100 million Amrun power station,” said Amrun project general manager Marcia Hanrahan. “Switching on power at the facility is another important step forward for the Amrun project.”

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