In the first week of January 2017, Alumina, one of Australia’s major mining companies, announced it is to permanently shut down the Suralco mine and refinery in Suriname.
Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals has secured a contract to supply around 400,000 bone dry metric tonnes of bauxite from its Huntly mine in Western Australia.
A job ad posted by Downer EDI has been pulled down after unions accused the company of “19th century strike-breaking tactics”.
Alcoa has celebrated a new historic milestone, with the workforce having achieved 1 billion tonnes of bauxite mined over their 53 years in Western Australia.
Refinery workers who were expected to clock on at the Alcoa Wagerup refinery during the recent WA bushfires were put in danger by their employer, according to unions.
With bushfire threatening the Willowdale bauxite mine and Waroona and Hamel areas in WA, fire crews are in place to defend the site.
Western Australian industry saw a nightmarish day yesterday with the deaths of three workers in a matter of hours, one of whom was killed at the Alcoa Refinery in Kwinana.
Alcoa will probably not shut any of its WA factories, according to an analyst.
There are fears that a whole-of-company review of Alcoa’s smelting and refining operations could affect its Western Australian assets, where 4,000 workers are employed.
Alcoa has pleaded guilty to breaching safety laws related to the death of a contractor in 2009 and could be fined up to $200,000 later this week.
Yesterday the federal government announced its proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Target, which were welcomed by Alcoa’s Portland smelter.
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Fabrication, construction and services company AusGroup has win a contract for the overhaul and maintenance of Alcoa’s calciner.
Western Australia’s mining industry representatives have called for clearer resource development plans in the state’s Kimberley region.
Rio Tinto has announced that it will shut the Lynemouth aluminium smelter in the UK, but reassured workers that it has no plans to do the same at the Bell Bay smelter in Tasmania.