Metro Mining will recommence operations at its Bauxite Hills Mine on 19 April, after the northern Australia wet season.
Metro, which is directly employing over 120 people from Cape communities and the Cairns region at the mine, has set a target to mine and ship 4.0M wet metric tonnes (WMT) of bauxite between April and December.
Last year Metro’s 4.0M WMT target was thwarted by the impact of COVID 19 on market conditions across the aluminium supply chain.
Despite record mining and shipping rates, and lower operational costs, the Mine was forced into an early wet season shutdown in September.
Metro Mining Managing Director and CEO Simon Finnis said the Metro team and its contracting partners are keen to get back to work.
“We have implemented several operational changes that will improve efficiencies, and will continue to focus on mining and shipping rates and lowering operational costs, as we are always looking for improvements in our systems and processes,” he continued.
“From what we’re seeing in the market and from our ongoing negotiations, the demand for Metro bauxite is returning, and confidence is returning to the market more widely.”
The Bauxite Hills Mine is located 95kms north of Weipa on Western Cape York where the company holds a total tenement package covering approximately 1,900 square kilometres.
The Bauxite Hills Mine, alone, has an estimated ore Reserve of 109.5Mt and total Resources of 138.2Mt.